The Church in England can date its history formally back to the 5th and 6th centuries and the Celtic tradition preceding. It wasn’t until the Reformation that the Church in England was known as the Anglican Church. The Archbishop of the time of the transition from Rome, Thomas Cranmer, organized two documents, The Book of Common Prayer (we use the version printed in 1928), and the 39 Articles of Religion (was originally 42, 1552). Upholding these two documents is what defines us as Anglican.
We Are Traditional
In light of the last hundred years, many churches have shifted away from historical understanding of theology, scripture, and music. In desire with staying loyal to the Faith as it was passed down through the ages, we consider ourselves “traditional.”
We are Catholic
“We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” That is, we are part of the church universal, not only geographically, but also chronologically. We affirm with Christians around the world and through time the inspiration of Holy Scripture and the Creeds (Apostolic, Nicene, and Athanasian) as sufficient statements based on the same.
We are Liturgical and Sacramental
Our services follow the form as given down by the Apostles and Church fathers. In keeping with the practices of the early church and acknowledging its needful role in the Christian life, we celebrate communion (also known as the Eucharist) weekly. We recognize the seven sacraments of the Church Catholic and the three holy orders of ordained ministry (Bishops, Priests, and Deacons) within the Apostolic Succession.
We are the Church Militant
As the church still present on earth, we seek to remain in the fellowship of God’s people, through Scripture and the sacraments, to proclaim that good news to the ends of the earth.