A split in one church has lead to a new beginning for another.
Sunday services were held for the first time at St. Peter's Anglican Church, and in the eyes of many, it was a successful gathering.
Justice Major B. Harding attended Sunday's service and says, "As my wife said, the joy was electric and to see the crowds coming in and share this wonderful time of fellowship and worship for God, it was just an extraordinary experience."
St. Peter's recently split from St. John's Episcopal Church, making the move are several hundred parishioners and Father Eric Dudley. He comments, "I think every family has to choose what's best for them and follow God's lead. God has called me to do this, but he may not be calling everyone."
Father Dudley says he will always love, respect and care about St. John's, but it is in his heart to guide the new church.
With approximately 800 people in attendance, Sunday's service was standing room only.
Forrest Boone, a parishioner at St. Peter's says, "This group represents folks from all over Leon County and adjoining areas and it's an exciting opportunity to begin a new ministry."
Father Dudley adds, "Church after church has called, sent letters or flowers or something to let us know of their support. It's been a wonderful thing."
Father Dudley says he hopes the growth process will continue for the church.
The old Church of Christ on Thomasville road was donated to help St. Peter's get on their feet until they can build their own brand new facility.