Though sale cancelled, bishop will only permit St James Newport Beach to be reopened as a bishop’s chapel
We understand that the buyer has decided not to proceed with its purchase of the property on Via Lido. This event, we believe, gives our diocesan community a renewed opportunity for careful discernment about our mission and ministry in south Orange County. We again pledge to do all we can pastorally, logistically, and financially to assist the St. James congregation should it wish to regain mission status in the diocese. After a suitable period of discernment and planning, we will reopen the church as a bishop’s chapel, with supply, or guest, clergy invited to conduct Sunday services. It will be open to all in the community who wish to attend and glorify and serve our God in Christ.
The Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor
The Rev. Dr. Rachael Anne Nyback
President, Standing Committee
10 October 2017
Photo: Outdoor Eucharist of the exiled congregation