What does it mean that you are Anglican?

“Anglican” mean English. The Anglican Church is a world-wide body of churches (the world’s 3rd largest) that is in communion with the Church of England, which was first founded in the 300s A.D. 

Anglican churches tend to be marked by the belief in the reliability of scripture, the embrace of the ancient Christian Tradition, and the practice of worship through Sacraments. When making sense of the faith, we rely on Scripture, Tradition and Reason. Thus, we look to the Bible, check our reading of it against the

wisdom of the ages and apply it thoughtfully to our own culture. 

You are part of the ACNA. Who are they?

The Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) began in 2009 as a new Anglican Province (national church) for Canada and the USA. It includes churches from four former Episcopal dioceses (Pittsburgh, Quincy IL, Fort Worth, San Joaquin CA), churches started as missionary efforts by Anglican churches overseas and churches who left the Episcopal church in the distant past and are now being reconciled.

Why do you use a liturgy and where did it come from?

We use a liturgy because it roots us in the ancient patterns of worship of the Jewish Temple and of the early church. Much of our current Anglican liturgy was compiled and written by Thomas Cranmer, an English Reformer of the 16th Century, who relied upon ancient liturgies of the early church.

Why do you take communion every week?

We believe that as we partake of communion in faith we are built up and strengthened in our walk with God (just as we are through the study of the Bible, the singing of praises and the experience of Christian community). Celebrating communion every week centers us in the objective truth of Christ’s death and resurrection.

Why do you baptize babies and give children communion?

It is our belief that children should be welcomed into the community of faith as Jesus taught when he said, “Let the little children come to me.”