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Church of the Advent Episcopal

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Founding Date
1829

Sunday Services
8:00 – 9:00 am Rite I Holy Communion & Sermon
9:15-11:45 am Nursery care (Infants – 5 years)
9:15 – 10:15 am Christian Education for all ages.
10:30 – 11:45 am Rite II Holy Communion & Sermon.
10:30-11:45 am Children’s chapel (ages 3 and up).

Wednesday Service
12:00 pm Healing Eucharist

The History of the Church of the Advent

The Episcopal Church came to Tennessee with James Otey – in the beginning; mostly the curious came to hear the Reverend Mr. Otey. They knew nothing of the Episcopal Church, and they were fascinated with the use of the Book of Common Prayer. “Come on, let’s go and hear that man preach and listen to his wife jaw back at him,” said one of the curious, unfamiliar with the customary responses of an Episcopal congregation. Often, only the priest’s wife knew how to participate in the services. But the Episcopal Church in Tennessee began to grow.

In 1829 Otey, future Bishop of Tennessee, founded Christ Church parish in Nashville. The new church followed the accepted practice of renting church pews; this procedure procured most of the operating money for churches. But then in 1848, Charles Tomes came to Christ Church as Rector, and with him came controversy. Tomes, the son-in-law of Bishop Otey, shared the Bishop’s views that pews should be free. They were distressed that often the free galleries were full to overflowing; while many of the assigned pews were vacant. When put to a vote in April of 1857, the motion was

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LOCATION

Church of the Advent Episcopal

5501 Franklin Pike Circle, Nashville, TN 37220

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