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We are one church in the Anglican Diocese of New England, which is in the Province of North America, which is 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

A Primer on Anglican Worship

A basic easy to read google doc on the practice, beliefs, and theology of the church which can be accessed, read, and downloaded by clicking the yellow notebook.

Anglicanism 101

WHO WE 
First and foremost, Anglicans are Christians. 

Globally, Anglicans form the third largest body of Christians in the world (around 80 million members). 


OUR NAME
The name “Anglican” is traced back to an ancient Anglo-Saxon tribe of Europe,  spelled “Engles” or “Angles.” The tribe’s speech was the precursor to the English language. Their island became known as "England," and the local Christians were known as "Anglicans." (The name has nothing to do with “angels.”)


WE'RE EVERYWHERE
As the English language spread with the British empire, so did Anglicanism. Wherever they went they brought their faith with them. Many Anglicans traveled as missionaries to share the Gospel and today Anglican churches exist in over 165 countries - most of us in Africa. Demographics shifted dramatically. While Christians from Britain, the United States, Canada, and Australia continue to play an important role, the “average” Anglican today is a young woman from Sub-Saharan Africa.


THREE STREAMS
Our ethos holds together three streams of the Church in a balanced unity:

  • Traditional (we look "catholic" when we do church)

  • Evangelical (we preach we are saved by grace and promote a personal relationship with Jesus Christ)

  • Charismatic (we embrace the Person of the Holy Spirit, his gifts and presence in our life). 

 

WORSHIP
Our worship is diverse, but best understood by simply visiting a local congregation. Our common activities of worship finds expression through the Prayer Book. To understand what and how Anglicans pray is to understand what they believe. The Prayer Book, described as "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 and
 has a rich history that keeps us - and fellow Anglicans from all around the world - all on the same page. 

Further below are two videos. One is how we got the prayer book (who "wrote it" it and why), the other speaks to "words," and why they matter in this day and age. 

THEOLOGY

We operate from a Biblically orthodox theology. To read and/or download a copy of To Be A Christian (The Anglican Catechism) click here.

MORE

The Anglican Compass is a website with many articles on just about every facet of our church. Here

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.

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What Sundays Look 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.