The Anglican Church of Our Saviour at Oatlands will consecrate its new sanctuary during a special service on Sunday.
The new church building is located at 20340 James Monroe Highway, four miles south of Leesburg. The 9:30 a.m. consecration service will be followed by a brunch. The public is invited to attend.
The Rev. James A. Basinger, a graduate of Texas A & M University and the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, is rector of the parish. He served at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Anchorage, AK, prior to his coming to Loudoun County. His predecessor at Church of Our Saviour was Elijah (“Lige”) White, who served as rector for more than 35 years and died earlier this year. Rev. Basinger will be assisted in the consecration of the new building by Bishops Daniel R. Morse and David J. Bena.
Prior to occupying their new home in June, the Church of Our Saviour had occupied an historic church building, located 1.5 miles further south on Rt. 15 at the Goose Creek Bridge. That church had been consecrated on Aug. 21, 1878— precisely 138 years ago.
In 2007, the congregation voted to separate from the Episcopal Church and agreed to turn over this old building to the Diocese of Virginia. Church of Our Saviour purchased in 2011 the 24 acres where its new church building is located.