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Historic church in Waterbury considering closing

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Officials at St. John's Episcopal Church are considering closing the building, due to money issues. (WFSB) Officials at St. John's Episcopal Church are considering closing the building, due to money issues. (WFSB)
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A church that has stood for more than 140 years may soon have to close its doors.  

St. John's Episcopal Church is facing tough times, and may finally be taking their toll with the church on the cusp of closing.

“Well, It's a spiritual home for me,” Sr. Warden Jay Anthony said.

The church is a home with pews that can seat 500 people and officials said the issue is that they are never close to full. The parish membership has dwindled and it may force leadership to sell off the building and move elsewhere.

“For the most part many churches are having the same problems we are,” Anthony said.

Church leaders have relied on a once robust endowment to pay the bills, but that has dropped to about $800,000.

Money problems for the church are not new, leaders said. They've been going on for decades, but many within these walls believing the parish would pull through.

“We've been all complacent. That God will provide,” Anthony said.

The church leadership board recently reminded members of the dire situation.

“It's heartbreaking. I mean, the decision we've come to is not an easy one,” Anthony said. “A lot of tears involved, a lot of anger."

While it's unclear what the future for St. John's Episcopal Church holds, there are no plans to disband.

“We're still praying for that miracle, something to happen,” Anthony said.

Church leaders said there's no hard deadline for deciding what's next, but will be meeting with the assisting bishop to learn about how to sell the church and find another place to worship.

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