On February 2, 2002 La Sagrada Familia Episcopal Church of Newton Grove was officially recognized at the 119th
Diocesan Convention of East Carolina Diocese as church of this Diocese.
Things were slow at the beginning, despite the great work done by its leaders, but today we are able to reap the harvest.
Celebrating The Holy Eucharist began every Sunday at 12 noon.
Due to not having a building, to function as a church, we were able to use the Episcopal Farmworkers Ministry’s facilities (EFWM).
There at the exterior part of the building that is covered by a roof we continued celebrating The Holy Eucharist, the Baptismal sacrament, as well as other sacramentals and celebrations from our culture such as:
- The presentation of our newborns and our three years old.
- The Sweet Fifteen celebrations.
- Counseling and visiting those who are sick.
We have also directly felt, in our humanities: the heat, the wind, the cold, the humidity, the mosquitoes…
When it rains, The Holy Eucharist is celebrated in the multi-purpose room inside the building with much discomfort.
When it is very cold, but not raining, The Holy Eucharist is celebrated outside the building and people bring everything they can even blankets in order to cover themselves.
Twenty years ago, La Sagrada Familia Episcopal Church began receiving loving and faithful support of Episcopal churches of North and East Carolina Dioceses.
This presence of faith and love is vividly felt during three wonderful moments of church life:
- At the beginning of every child and adolescents school year.
Our dear brothers from the Good Shepard Episcopal church in Raleigh, along with their leader Ms. Nan Robinson, have been providing more than 150 wonderful Christmas gifts for our children according to the lists that they request from us each year with the child’s name, age and gender. The Episcopal Farm Workers Board of directors also contribute by donating 15 precious gifts. Additionally, Saint Paul’s church of Clinton donate 20 more gifts as well. These surprise gifts illuminate the children’s faces with much happiness and notes written by them are sent to our brothers and sisters of the Episcopal church.
GROUP OF LEADERS OF OUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS.
Easter! We receive more than 500 beautiful Easter baskets and 5,000 Easter eggs are spread over the soccer field
of the Episcopal Ministry that children happily gather.
This beautiful program is led by Mr. Lowel Warneke and Mrs. Mary Gaylord. Church of Servant, Holy Cross, St. Andrews on the Sound, St. James, Campus Ministries, Episcopal Church in Northwest N.C., All Souls Episcopal Church and many other neighbors and friends also participate in this wonderful program.
CHILDREN COLLECTING THE EASTER EGGS.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Our brothers from St. Andrews on the Sound Episcopal Church led by Mrs. Kathy Laing provide us each year with
backpacks, books and school supplies for K-12 students. More than 130 benefits.
We see much happiness and appreciation from the students and their families to receive so much love.
READY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL.
BAPTISM, BEGINNING OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
As of 09 -10 - 2017, 648 baptisms appear in our official church records.
BAPTISM, BEGINNING OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
Up until September 10, 2017, our records show that 648 baptisms have been celebrated. They also show the visits
of our Bishops and the Confirmations and Receptions celebrated by dates.
From Bishops visits, we also have Confirmations and Receptions:
RT. REV. CLIFTON DANIEL 3 rd
August 8, 2004
Confirmations = 42, Receptions = 22
August 14, 2005
Confirmations = 26, Receptions = 44
August 24, 2008
Confirmations = 72, Receptions = 57
RT. REV. CLIFTON DANIEL 3 rd & RT. REV. SANTOSH MARRAY
August 15, 2010
Confirmations = 43, Receptions = 57
April 17, 2011
PRESIDENT BISHOP: RT. REV. KATHARINE JEFFERTS SCHORI
RT. REV. CLIFTON DANIEL 3 rd & RT. REV. SANTOSH MARRRAY
August 14, 2011
Confirmations = 24, Receptions = 28
RT. REV. CLIFTON DANIEL 3 rd
August 12, 2012
Confirmations = 8, Receptions = 14
RT. REV. ROBERT SKIRVING
July 19, 2015
Confirmations = 37, Receptions = 46
July 9, 2017
Confirmations = 49, Receptions = 17
We are a large church, in number, in our East Carolina Diocese.
People that attend the Sagrada Familia Episcopal Church services come from many different places such as; Raleigh, Clayton, Fuqua-Varina, Lillington, Angier, Holly Spring, Coats, Dunn, Micro, Kenly, Selma, Smithfield, Faison, Princeton and Mount Olive.
The rural area where La Sagrada Familia Episcopal Church is located territorially belongs to Newton Grove with a population of 560 inhabitants.
On many occasions, Sunday La Sagrada Familia assistants exceed this number.
As you can see, La Sagrada Familia consists of people and families that do not live around the temple nor in the same city.
La Sagrada Familia Episcopal Church of Newton Grove is a seedbed of flourishing seeds. In the near future, this will permit continuous growth through many Hispanics that will live in the areas of our beloved Episcopal Dioceses of East and North Carolina.
We have seen through La Sagrada Familia Episcopal Church of Newton Grove’s history Hispanics living as "NOMADS" due to the circumstances that as immigrants are presented to them.
But, in the future they will permanently live in places chosen by them!
In 2002 valuable donations from the East Diocese churches, from individuals and other people who wanted to appear anonymous began.
On May 23rd 2003, The Standing Committee of East Carolina Diocese in a statement signed by Rev. Ronald G. Abrams approved the request from the La Sagrada Familia to buy 18 acres of land in the area where all facilities will be built to function perfectly as; temple, offices, meeting rooms, Sunday school room and a preK-8 school.
DesingCorps @ onemain.com was chosen to perform:
- The study of the 18 acres of land in order to be sure that it was appropriate to build the temple and its facilities.
- That it would have all the appropriate functioning septic system possibilities,
- that it would have legal access to the property.
All this was legalized and approved by the corresponding entity according to statement of Architect Bryan Bell.
The following are payments made to Design Corps in 2011:
- January $1,950.00
- February $2,550.00
- March $3,150.00
- April $3,550.00
- May $3,250.00
- June $2,700.00
For legal reasons, the 18 acres were not purchased. The property owner had passed and there was no legal document that authorized anyone to inherit the land.
At the moment, all the money that has been received as donations are in 2CD accounts at PNC Bank that add to:
- CD #1, $95,486.78
- CD #2, $73,914.98
- Checking account, $565.71
- East Diocese pending deposit, $35,000.00
La Sagrada Familia Episcopal Church has a bank account at First Citizens Bank since January 2002 where Sunday
offerings and money obtained from the Sunday sales of food and sodas are deposited. Monthly bills are paid
with the money from this account. The bills include insurance, annual contributions to the Diocese, assistance
to the annual convention, unexpected expenses and electric for a mobile unit, which is the sole property of
the church donated by St. John Episcopal Church of Fayetteville. The balance on the account, as of August 27,
2017, was $3,251.75.
In our beloved ministry, there is a very valuable group of people who enrich our Episcopal Church. They are the bilingual Hispanic community. It has filled our hearts with joy to witness many of our young members, who we’ve known since birth, studying in universities and colleges, and we look forward to seeing them thrive and surprise us with their accomplishments!
We are positive, that this group of determined Hispanics will continue to look after our La Sagrada Familia Episcopal Church with love and generosity and possibly many other congregations that form part of the Episcopal Church. This is what we are working on right now, creating wonderful memories in the process of materializing our long lasting dream of finally having our temple, which will form part of our La Sagrada Familia Episcopal Church history. And this is vital, we need a temple and facilities to continue working on and developing programs that will help us to continuously grow as your fellow Episcopal Church, La Sagrada Familia in Newton Grove.
During a visit of, out then Bishop, The Rt. Rv. Santosh Marray to the Episcopal Farmworker’s Ministry, Father Tony had the opportunity to spend some time with him. At the time, Bishop Marray was aware of the difficulties that presented themselves in the attempt to purchase the 18 acres of land in order to build the temple and facilities for the La Sagrada Familia Episcopal Church.
Bishop Marray and Father Tony walked together around the land of the ministry as well as its vicinity, both property of the East Carolina Episcopal Diocese. As they talked about and admired the property, they came to the area that borders the soccer field and Maple Grove Church Rd where Bishop Marray visualized and shared whit Father Tony that would be the perfect spot to build the temple for the La Sagrada Familia Episcopal Church.
Many years have passed since that visit, but the idea of building the temple for the La Sagrada Familia Episcopal Church is still very much alive in the hearts and minds of Father Tony, the Vestry and our current Bishop of the East Carolina Diocese, The Rt. Rv. Robert Skirving.
We already have the adequate land to build the La Sagrada Familia Episcopal Church temple in Newton Grove and build it we will!