WHO ARE WE?

We are Christians who are part of the family of Christ throughout the world and, in particular, of the ancient Church founded by our Lord Jesus Christ, and continuing the apostolic tradition which was established by Him as the design for the life of the Church.
We are not a new church, but rather, a portion of the inheritance of Catholic Christendom with our beginnings firmly rooted in the continuing activity of God reconciling His creation to himself in the life and ministry of Jesus and the first apostles, the record of which is found in the whole body of Holy Scripture. We believe that Holy Scripture contains all Doctrine required as necessary for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

As Anglicans, we adhere to the ancient and unique traditions of Christianity as found among the English whose traditions were established in the life of the English Church in Roman times and developed throughout the centuries. This lovely tradition is enshrined in the usage and way of life in the Book of Common Prayer which was first published in 1549 and is the repository of apostolic faith and order, liturgical magnificence, and ageless language that has no comparison. The edition used by us is virtually unchanged from the original, even though it was revised as late as 1928.

We remain faithful to the tradition we have received. We believe that God is unchanging. We believe that the articles of faith contained in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds are true and immutable. We believe our Lord established a specific form of ministry for His Church manifested in our midst as the threefold ministry of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons who are male in character.
We believe that no one can enter into the Kingdom of God, except through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. This inheritance is the fruit of our Lord’s holy and innocent sufferings and death on the Cross, whereby He has made of His life an atoning sacrifice for us.

We believe the central act of worship on Sundays is the celebration of Holy Communion. In this second major sacrament we have the means of God’s grace whereby we may evermore dwell in Him and He in us.
We know life to be sacramental and in addition to the two major sacraments, there are five others: Penance or Confession, Holy Matrimony, Holy Unction (anointing of the sick), Holy Orders (sacred ministry), and Holy Confirmation.
It would be proper to say that we are continuing with the traditional doctrine and dogma formerly held by the Episcopal Church, but abandoned in 1973.

We are in the midst of an exciting episode in the life of the Church. There is a good feeling that comes from having made a beginning based on a conscious contact with God and in the knowledge that the purpose set before us comes from Him, and not we ourselves. We invite everyone to join us in this pilgrimage.

 

General Assembly 2016

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