The congregation of the Episcopal Church of Christ the Healer, located at 20 Brookdale Road in Stamford, after long deliberations, discernment, and prayer, has decided to dissolve as a parish and close on July 31, 2018. It will hold its final service on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 7 p.m. The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, will celebrate the Eucharist and preach. All are welcome.
The church, which offers a unique worship space in the round, was built in 1965 as Trinity Episcopal Church. In 2005 it merged with Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Stamford to become Trinity- Emmanuel Episcopal Church before taking its current name of Christ the Healer.
Over time, the number of people attending the church declined, though individuals remained engaged in vital ministries in the city. Rather than spend additional months or even years in “survival mode,” focused on the building, the remaining congregation chose to dissolve the parish and contribute their energy and resources to different and stronger parishes as a means to continue their involvement in the city of Stamford. Current parishioners have been exploring neighboring parishes as they seek a new spiritual community to join.
Bishop Ahrens and ECCT's Canon for Collaboration the Rev. Tim Hodapp have worked with this congregation for many months.
"It's been a holy journey of discernment," Bishop Ahrens said. "The congregation explored many options before they came to this decision. I am humbled to share in their faithful discernment. Their commitment to God's mission, witnessed in their commitment to prayer, to the city of Stamford, and to one another, has been a beacon in this process. There is sadness in this decision and also a profound and exciting awareness of Resurrection and new life."
After July 31, the Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) will have authority over the property including its building.
ECCT’s governing body, the Mission Council, will then consider potential next steps for the property. These could include conversations with nearby parishes and local Stamford neighborhoods. The next meeting of ECCT’s Mission Council is in September 2018 and decisions about the future of the property are not likely until 2019.