Our church is one church in the Anglican Diocese of New England, the Province of North America, in the world-wide Anglican Communion. We are a three-streamed church (catholic, evangelical, and charismatic) and express the Faith through mission and proclamation of the Word of God
First and foremost, Anglicans are Christians.
Globally, Anglicans form the third largest body of Christians in the world (around 80 million members) behind the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.
ORIGINS OF THE NAME
The name “Anglican” is traced back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Europe. The tribal name was spelled “Engles” or “Angles” and the tribe’s speech was the precursor to the English language. Their island became known as England, and their Christians were known as Anglicans. The name has nothing to do with “angels.”
Just as the English language spread with the British empire, so did Anglican Christianity. When Anglicans resettled in new lands, they brought their personal faith with them. Chaplains and pastors were often among their number. Additionally, many Anglicans traveled as missionaries to share the Gospel. Consequently, Anglican churches now exist all over the world in more than 165 countries. As Anglican Christians became a global family, the demographics shifted dramatically. While Christians from Britain, the United States, Canada, and Australia continue to play an important role, today the “average” Anglican is a young woman from Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Anglican ethos holds together three streams of the Christian Church. Traditional (we look "catholic" when we do church), evangelical (we preach we are saved by grace and promote a personal relationship with Jesus Christ), and charismatic (we embrace the Person of the Holy Spirit, his gifts and presence in our life).
Anglican worship is diverse, and it is best understood by visiting and attending a local congregation. What is common to all is an inheritance of worship that recognizes the supremacy of the Bible and often finds expression through the Prayer Book. To understand what and how Anglicans pray is to understand what they believe. The Prayer Book, described as the Scriptures arranged for worship, provides helpful resources for everything from personal daily devotions to large public gatherings of worship. It includes prayers for every season of life.
THE PRAYER BOOK
The way we approach the Lord is usually modelled by our prayer book. It has a rich history that keeps us all on the same page theologically, and is shared around the world. It's not the only way to worship. But it's balance provides a sure key into the Throne Room throughout the church year.
Much has been said (pro and con) with the introduction of the prayer book into worship. For us, we tend to view it as another language. Like any language (Spanish, French, Swedish, etc.) it is clumsy, awkwards, and frustrating when first learning it. Yet, as time goes by and we use it more and more frequently, soon our eyes get off the technicalities of pronouncing the right words and onto the real meaning of the thing: Worshipping God!
A second, more essential thing happens in liturgical worship: Our eyes fall upon God, our response to him, our praise and adoration of who he is - rather than seeking him solely for what he can do for me, my own pleasure, healing, and good pleasure. As Christians, of course there is a place to receive the fullness of his love. In prayer book worship, however, this is secondary. If it comes at all, we are all the more blessed. Just the fact that we were able to get before God for who he is, blessing him in outward adoration, expecting nothing in return; this is our prime motivation and interest when we gather for worship.
For a great article on the Book of Common Prayer - it's origins and essentialness (especially in a world where people are making changes to everything from sexuality to theology) click here. Below are two videos. One is about how we got the prayer book (who "wrote it" it and why), the other talks about why the words of the prayerbook matter, especially in this day and age.
More About the Anglican Church
We are an Anglican community devoted to loving the Father, sharing his Son, and embracing his world in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
The Anglican Church in North America unites 134,000 Anglicans in 1,062 congregations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a single Church. On April 16, 2009 it was recognized as a province of the global Anglican Communion, by the Primates of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans. The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach is the Archbishop of the Church.
The Anglican Presence Worldwide
Here's a glimpse of a few examples of how Anglicans are rocking the planet with the Good News of Jesus Christ. As a tiny part of over 8 million Anglicans in over 150 countries, we are a Thing.
Here's a video about who we are globally and how we are fleshing our the Great Commission around the planet.
What Sunday Worship Looks Like
We are are a "three streams" church, meaning we frame our Sunday mornings within three expressions of worship. We are::
charismatic (experiencing God through the Spirit),
evangelical (calling people to conversion in Jesus Christ),
traditional (using ancient liturgy in worship).
Here's a video about Sunday morning worship to help sort it all out.
A Historical Response to God's Grace
From synagogue practice, right through to the apostles, Celts, Rome, Reformation, the New World, and Renewal Movements, Anglicans have had skin in the game throughout history.
Here's a video about our history, where we've been, and who we are today.
How Anglicans Tell Time
We measure time differently. We begin with the birth of Jesus in December and end with the Second Coming of Christ in November.
Each season has its own color, songs, themes, and emphasis. It keeps things rolling, like life. It's a balance of Spirit and reflection, repentance and awe, revelation and piety.
Here's a video explaining a bit of what we call, The Liturgical Calendar.