FAITH IN FOCUS: Double Christening at Tiny St. Alban's in Bovina - WJTV News Channel 12

FAITH IN FOCUS: Double Christening at Tiny St. Alban's in Bovina

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Father's Day is not on the liturgical calendar but many churches do see a boost in attendance simply because of the holiday's message: family is important.

And this year at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Bovina the family is growing.

"I have a crazy quilt that my great grandmother made - just a little sampler," the Very Rev. Billie Abraham said.

"And I said, 'The church is like this crazy quilt. It's just rags and scraps and random shapes and colors and textures that are stitched together," Rev. Abraham said.

"And at our little church there's always room for more," Rev. Abraham said.

Two fathers - one new and one with his third child - stand before the larger than normal group at St. Alban's with their sons.

Baby Dominic McCarthy is not normally this fussy, his dad Joshua says, but it is a long day for the little guy who's parents were recently married and confirmed in Bovina.

"His eyebrows when he raises them. He just kind of has that deep stare. He's just kind of like 'what are you doing?'," Joshua McCarthy said, explaining his son's characteristics.

On the other side of the church the Guynes family with baby Lucas have about a century of family history at the church.

"So we've got both," Rev. Abraham said.

"We've got the people who have come in and been welcomed and then we've got the people who have formed the roots and made it possible for them to come into this church," Rev. Abraham said.

Because St. Alban's Episcopal church is not growing as quickly as it has in the past this christening is especially exciting. Right now small church community includes only about only 50 families.

"Today these babies are beginning their life in Christ. And they're beginning it with the support of the entire community," Rev. Abraham said.

Rev. Abraham goes on to say that it's the people (yes, even the little people) that make up the heart of the church.

Matthew Guynes looks to the future with his son Lucas. The infant has Down's syndrome - but also a loving dad.

"It is going to be a challenge but we have the family background and support from the family, not only with the friends and neighbors we have in Hernando but definitely here in my hometown with my church family as well," Guynes said.

"Looking for the Christ in others and serving Christ in others...," Rev. Abraham said, "...we are looking into what this baptism's all about."

"Because it's about living a gospel way of life. And that's not necessarily the way of the world but it is the way to peace," Rev. Abraham said.

St. Alban's Episcopal Church was founded before the Civil War. It's named after the Martyr St. Alban whose feast is actually this weekend!

And if you would like the viewers of News Channel 12 to learn more about your church send Jacob Kittilstad an email at or call him at 601-664-8839.


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