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Press Advisory from Truro and The Falls Church

Friday, December 15, 2006 • 10:48 pm

There was some controversy over the way the press was handled at last week’s services at the The Falls Church, so I thought I’d publish this email sent to journalists by Jim Pierobon, in case it clears anything up, smooths over any ruffled feathres, or prevents BabyBlue from sashaying in there wearing a staggeringly inappropriate hat:

Access for Journalists to Services Sunday, December 17 at The Falls Church and Truro Church in Northern Virginia;

2 p.m. Sunday Media Briefing Also Planned at Truro Church

FAIRFAX and FALLS CHURCH, VA, Dec. 15 – The Falls Church and Truro Church, which are scheduled to announce their congregation’s votes on their relationship with the U.S. Episcopal Church this Sunday, Dec. 17, will permit access for credentialed journalists to the announcements of the vote results at their 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services, respectively.

If you want to be included in any statements or news releases by The Falls Church and Truro Church, be sure to send you [sic] email to

The clergy and wardens of each church want to avoid any disruption or distraction in their services. They will require participating journalists to abide a few basic ground rules, which are spelled out below for each church.

Please note the relatively short time between the announcement at The Falls Church during the 9 a.m. service, which concludes around 10:30 a.m., and the need to be in place at Truro Church by 11 a.m. Without traffic, it’s about a 25 minute drive from The Falls Church to Truro Church via I-66 westbound and Route 123 southbound.

The Falls Church’s 9 a.m. Service

1. Journalists need to be standing or seated in the southwest corner of the main sanctuary by 8:45 a.m. That’s 15 minutes before the start of the 9 a.m. service.

2. It is our hope all journalists will remain for the entire service, worship with us and exit no earlier than the final hymn, around 10:30 a.m.

3. A “mult box” will be available. Only available light will be permitted; no lights or flashes.

4. The announcement is expected to be made around 10:15 a.m., although that could change.

5. Parking for journalists is catch-as-catch can. The Falls Church is bordered on its south side by East Fairfax Street where we recommend you park.

6. Interested media outlets arrive by 8:30 a.m. at the latest and look for a “media” poster signaling the easiest entrance to the main sanctuary. When on site, please contact Jim Pierobon on his mobile, 301-520-1758.

7. Please do not park in the circular drive way off of Broad Street / Rte. 7. That is used regularly by clergy, the elderly and handicapped parishioners.

Journalists should register their interest in witnessing this service by e-mailing the names of the person(s) representing their media outlet before 5 p.m. Saturday to:

The Falls Church is about three miles inside the Washington Beltway / I-495 near the intersection of Lee Highway / Route 29 and Broad Street / Route 7. The address is: 115 E. Fairfax Street, Falls Church, VA 22046

Truro Church’s 11:15 a.m. Service

1. Journalists, camera crews and still photographers need to be in the balcony of Truro’s sanctuary by 11 a.m., 15 minutes before the start of the service.

2. If you want a microwave van at Truro, be there by 7 a.m. because the parking lot starts filling up soon after that.

3. Photography will not be allowed during the worship service itself. However, immediately after the service, the cameras in place are invited to record the introduction and acknowledgment of the vestry, the announcement of the vote, and the recessional hymn.

4. A “mult box” will be available.

5. Only available light may be used for photography; no lights nor flashes.

6. Church leaders and parishioners will be made available to reporters and television crews for interviews after the 11:15 a.m. service concludes around 12:45 p.m.

7. Box lunches, or their equivalent, will be available from 12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

8. Please leave sidewalks clear. Parking is available in the commercial bank lot across Main Street.

Journalists should register their interest in witnessing this service by emailing the names of the person(s) representing their media outlet before 5 p.m. Saturday to:

Truro is a block west of the intersection of Chain Bridge Road / Route 123 and Main Street in downtown Fairfax. The address: 10520 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030.

2 p.m. Media Briefing at Truro Church’s “Common Ground”

As of Friday afternoon, those scheduled to speak briefly are:

1. The Rt. Rev. Martyn Minns, currently Priest-in-Charge of Truro and missionary Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA);
2. The Rev. John Yates, Rector of The Falls Church;
3. Jim Oakes, Senior Warden, Truro Church;
4. Additional clergy whose churches voted this past week;
5. CANA Trustee and Secretary, Gboyega Delano.

Other leaders from these churches, including wardens and vestry members will be available for interviews after the formal remarks.

A “mult box” will be available. Lights will be allowed in the briefing.

Those attending Truro’s 11:15 a.m. service or media briefing should send an email to:

Summary of Churches Voting By This Weekend

If you want to be included in a future release intended to summarize the results of churches voting by this weekend, please send an email to:

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[1] Posted by Jason Miller on 12-16-2006 at 12:28 AM • top

I guess that means I have to go buy a new hat.  Wonder if I should get a Brand New Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat?  

At least some might think I’m an Episcopalian.


[2] Posted by BabyBlue on 12-16-2006 at 10:23 AM • top

Sounds like it will be zoo at Truro tomorrow, but we won’t be there having resigned from the church (and DOV/TEC) on Dec. 1.  My wife and I are officially churchless for the moment but are taking RCIA classes in order to be recieved into the Catholic church.  Our new parish will probably be our geographic one, but we recently attended a meeting of folks who are interested in seeking permission for an Anglican Use congregation.  The people of Truro, TFC and others in NoVA will continue nonetheless to be in our prayers.

[3] Posted by Already Gone on 12-16-2006 at 12:04 PM • top

It seems like some media folks didn’t get the new guidelines.  Terry Mattingly has another attack on the media protocol over at Get Religion.

However it seems he hasn’t seen the new guidelines and is assuming that the same guidelines from last week apply.

I hope he issues a correction or an update.  I’m usually a big fan of his work, but this particular Get Religion entry disappoints me greatly.

[4] Posted by Karen B. on 12-16-2006 at 04:33 PM • top

Church is for worshiping God.  It is a sacred time. I wonder how many reporters would have the gall to interview the family at a funeral?  Perhaps this could be avoided if the announcement was made in a parish hall or out doors after the service.  Reporters need to understand that worship service is not a city council meeting, it is a holy time and space and needs to be given that respect.

[5] Posted by Spencer on 12-17-2006 at 10:07 AM • top

Falls Church has voted 90% to leve the Episcopal Church immediately

[6] Posted by Bill C on 12-17-2006 at 12:36 PM • top

.... and 96% to retain their property

(courtesy of Baby Blue)

[7] Posted by Bill C on 12-17-2006 at 12:37 PM • top

Good Afternoon!

I’ve recently registered at this site and have sadly watched what is taking place. Perhaps as a Roman Catholic, I should refrain from commenting on the two Virginia church votes today, but I have both background and knowlege of the Episcopal Church, its contribution of our Christian family, and our world.  I also share with many of you a deep appreciation and respect for the 1928 “Book of Common Prayer”.

With a heavy heart, I fully support Stand Firm and all of you who wish to return the Episcopal Church to its roots.  In an age when many feel or would like to think the “Ten Commandments” should be the “Ten Suggestions” or the King James Bible is either out of date or irrelevent, I suggest that no church can long survive by bending to the “will of the moment” nor abandoning our scripture and Christian heritage.

I live in Vermont and am very familiar with the Gene Robinson event.  While I do believe in “judge not lest ye be judged”, “Bishop” Robinson should have declined the appointment.  I must also note that I fully support “Civil Unions” between same gender couples, but am unable to call it “marriage” as some would wish.

We need every moral compass we can find and if the Traditional Anglican movement has to affiliate with Nigeria then so be it.  Perhaps you can set an example and send a strong message to every Christian denomination that loving the sinner is one thing, but condoning and even encouraging the sin is another.  My prayers are with all of you during these difficult times.

[8] Posted by JWM on 12-17-2006 at 01:23 PM • top

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