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St. John's Welcomes Rev. Julie Bryant


From March 2023 Issue of Glencarlyn "The Village View"


 New Rector Ready to Engage with the Neighborhood

By Bill Pritchard

The new rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church wants to engage Glencarlyn on secular as well as sacred levels. “I would like St. John’s to become more visible (by) participating in and hosting any number of different activities in the community,” the Rev. Julie Diane Bryant said. For example, the church hosted the annual Glencarlyn holiday caroling in De-cember and a Mardi Gras pancake supper in February. Rev. Bryant also said an international program of the Los Angeles Diocese, where she previously served, might be replicated in some form here. “You don’t have to be a church member to see the advantage to our whole local community (of) making it possible for a young person to be exposed to a very different way of life,” she said. She said she would like to occasionally sit on the church grounds in the spring and invite passersby to have a cup of coffee and relax “under the shade of these beautiful trees and just learn about each other.” The Rev. Bryant succeeded the Rev. Ann Barker who now serves a parish near Atlanta. She moved from southern California to serve St. John’s and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Falls Church. The small congregations could not afford separate rectors.



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