THE ANGLICAN CHURCH
The Anglican Church is a community of worshipping Christians, with more than 80 million members around the world.
In Canada our church is called the Anglican Church of Canada. In other countries, it is known as the Church of England or Episcopal Church. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, is the head of the world-wide Anglican Communion.
The Anglican Church is divided into regional groupings called “dioceses”. Each diocese has its own bishop (or bishops), who have the overall responsibility for the spiritual well-being and administration of the churches within the area. In this region we are part of the Diocese of New Westminster.
The Diocese of New Westminster consists of 67 worshiping and serving communities in mission together across the southwest part of the province of British Columbia from the Sunshine Coast to the west to Hope located 150 kilometres east of the City of Vancouver.
It is divided into five arch deaconries and 10 regional deaneries (four of the Regional Deaneries are currently paired into two groups of two). It was established in 1879. The ninth bishop of New Westminster is the Rt. Rev. Melissa Skelton.
WORSHIP & BELIEVING
Although our members come from many different races and cultures and speak many different languages, we are unified by our belief in the transforming love and power of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We believe that God offers unconditional love and the divine life to those who place their trust and faith in him and who strive to follow Christ’s teachings of compassion, justice, mercy, respect, and love towards others.
Anglicans experience the power of these beliefs in their worship, especially in the Holy Eucharist in which God’s life-giving love is experienced through engagment with the Gospel and through the sharing of a a meal hosted by God in which we and all people are God’s honoured guests.
It is in the context of worship that Anglicans come know what they trust in and believe. It is worship that shapes Anglicans for their life of stewardship and service in the world.
FIVE MARKS OF MISSION
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
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