Local Anglican church settles into new home
Father Clancy Nixon’s church has finally reached the Promised Land.
After nine years of worshiping in Mill Run Elementary School in Broadlands, the Church of the Holy Spirit moved recently to its new home in Leesburg.
Nixon compared the nine years of setting up and tearing down in a school gym to the Israelites setting up a tabernacle at each new camp in the wilderness.
“It keeps you humble when you have to set up and tear down every week,” Nixon said. “When you have to look at the basketball hoop every week, it reminds you that the church is the people, not the steeple.”
“On the other hand, it was a lot of work,” he added.
Nixon, the founding minister of the church, first began holding services with a group of eight in his living room. With about 250 current members, he may soon have to hold two services at the new church, which seats 185.
Nixon looks forward to having a more self-sustained church. With a kitchen of their own, the church members will no longer have to rent space for their gatherings.
The church takes part in several ministries, including volunteering at local crisis pregnancy centers, giving financial education seminars and ministering to refugees.
“We’re here to serve Loudoun families,” Nixon said.
Bishop John Guernsey, who serves several churches in the Northern Virginia area, dedicated the new facility.
“Church of the Holy Spirit is such a warm and loving congregation,” Guernsey said. “This new facility will be a great resource as they reach out into the Leesburg community and beyond.”
The church is subletting 13 Class B offices in the building to prospective tenants and also allows a Baptist church to meet in the facility on Sunday and Wednesday nights.
“They’re a new church, like we were, and we’re trying to pass along the blessing,” Nixon said. “We’re trying to do the best we can to represent Christ. That love is infectious.”
The church is at 908 Trailview Blvd., Suite #200 in Leesburg. Visit holyspiritanglican.org for more information.
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