New Mission: Resettling an English church

Resettling an English church

Ancient and craggy, St. Bartholomew's Church has been standing in Covenham, England, since 1257, not long after rebellious barons pressured King John into signing the Magna Carta. Abandoned in 1978 and slated for demolition, it may be reborn in Orange County, Calif. The Episcopal congregation of St. Matthews-by-the-Sea in Corona del Mar wants to make the cross-shaped church its home, shipping it from the windswept North Sea coastal village, about 130 miles north of London, through the Panama Canal to California. Though small (64 members), St. Matthews is wealthy enough to raise the estimated $750,000 required to dismantle, pack and ship...

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