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St. Charles Anglican Church moves to 8th Avenue

St. Charles Anglican Church moved to 8th Avenue after 49 years worshipping on Little Valley Road. - Contributed
St. Charles Anglican Church moved to 8th Avenue after 49 years worshipping on Little Valley Road.
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POULSBO — St. Charles Anglican Church moved from its home of 49 years on June 8.

St. Charles is affiliated with the Anglican Communion, an international association of churches consisting of the Church of England and of national and regional Anglican churches in full communion with it.

St. Charles now worships at 19351 8th Ave. NE, Suite 205, Poulsbo. The church was located at 20295 Little Valley Road since 1965.

The church celebrated the church’s history and future with two special services earlier this month. On June 1, the service was led by the Rev. Edward Douglas Leche III, the original pastor of St. Charles; his son, the Rev. Edward Douglas Leche IV; and Rev. Leche IV’s father-in-law, the Rev. Jack Marvin Tench.

The church’s 125 congregants worshipped at Little Valley Road for the last time on June 8. Led by Bishop Kevin Bond Allen of the Diocese of Cascadia, the congregants then walked in a procession to the new worship site. Allen consecrated the 8th Avenue site and completed the liturgy with Holy Communion.

St. Charles transfers ownership of the Little Valley Road site to the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, which is also affiliated with the Anglican Communion, on June 30.

The Herrold family donated land at Highway 305 and Little Valley Road for a church in 1965. Portable buildings — a classroom-size building for the church and several single-wide size buildings for office and classroom space, were up in a week’s time. The vicar of the North Kitsap Episcopal Mission conducted Sunday services at St. Charles, then drove to Port Gamble for Sunday service at St. Paul’s.

In 1978, a new sanctuary was dedicated at St. Charles. Congregation members did much of the interior finish work. The classroom-size portable became the parish hall.

Congregants describe St. Charles as “an Orthodox Anglican Communion Community that believes in traditional Biblical understanding.”

Services are 5 p.m. on Saturdays, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. The Rev. Duncan Clark is the rector.

 

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