WHAT IS THE ANGLICAN CHURCH?
As sons and daughters of the Church of England, our religious heritage reaches back to the earliest days of Christianity in England and beyond that to our Lord’s commission to the Apostles to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel."
When Anglican settlers firstcame to this continent, they brought their Faith withthem. After the American Revolution, Anglicans in the United States called themselves the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America and in 1789 adopted a Book of Common Prayer whose Preface states that, “….it will also appear that this Church is far from intending to depart from the Church of England in any essential point of doctrine, discipline, or worship…” (1928 Book of Common Prayer, page vi). We are a branch of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church instituted by Jesus Christ, faithfully continuing the Anglican tradition.
WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?
We believe the Old and New Testaments of Sacred Scripture to be the inspired, unalterable Word of God; the authentic record of God’s revelation of Himself, His saving activity, and moral demands -- a revelation valid for all men and all time.We accept and profess the three historic creeds of the Christian faith: Apostle’s, Nicene, and Athanasian. We accept the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders, Penance, and Unction as effective signs of the continued presence of Christ our Lord among his people and as his covenanted means for conveying His grace. In particular, we affirm the necessity of Baptism and Holy Communion. We believe that the Holy Orders of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons are the perpetuation of Christ’s gift of Apostolic Ministry to His Church, asserting the necessity of a bishop of Apostolic Succession (or priest ordained by such) as the celebrant of the Eucharist-these orders consisting exclusively of men in accordance with Christ’s Will and Institution. We believe in the sanctity of human life, that every human being from the time of conception, is a creature and child of God, made in His image and likeness; an infinitely precious soul. We believe the God-given sacrament of marriage is a bond between one man and one woman for procreation and family life, and sexual activity is to be practiced only within the bonds of matrimony. We accept as our standard of worship the King James version of Holy Scripture, the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, and the 1940 Hymnal.