After just two years and four months, Columbia Hope Episcopal Church at 4603 John Garry Drive is closing because of lack of attendance. The church’s last worship service will be tomorrow. The Rev. Dan Smith, executive officer of the diocese, said about 40 to 50 people on average were coming to Sunday worship.
“To start a new church there has to be a significant growth pattern over a period of time” to keep it running, Smith said.
“Firstly, I’m deeply saddened by this,” he said. “I thought Columbia was a great location for another Episcopal church. … This one just never gained traction.”