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About Us

We are a Biblically orthodox Anglican church that follows the absolute authority of the Word of God as our only infallible rule in all matters of faith and practice.

 

Our church provides reverent liturgical worship according to the historic, traditional Book of Common Prayer (1662). 

We Follow the Classical Anglican Way…

•    ONE Canon of Holy Scripture (The Bible), with its
•    TWO Testaments, understood with the faith expressed in the
•    THREE Creeds (Apostles’, Nicene, Athanasian) a
nd by the doctrinal teaching of the first
•    FOUR ecumenical councils (Nicaea, Constantinople, Ephesus, Chalcedon), within the developing       life and tradition of the first
•    FIVE centuries of the Christian era

What We Believe

At Christ’s Chapel Anglican Church, we hold the Bible as the absolute authority for our faith and practice. We believe in the divine inspiration, infallibility, and sufficiency of Scripture. God's Word serves as our guide, providing timeless wisdom, moral principles, and a revelation of God's redemptive plan through Jesus Christ.

 

We affirm the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion as a concise statement of Anglican doctrinal beliefs. These articles, rooted in the Reformation tradition, articulate our understanding of God, salvation, and the Church. They provide a doctrinal framework that unites Anglicans worldwide, emphasizing the importance of scripture, the creeds, and the sacraments.

As classical Anglicans we uphold and subscribe to our traditional Formularies because we believe they are in accordance with Holy Scripture:

  • The Book of Common Prayer locally adapted in conformity to the standards set by the 1662 edition.

  • The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, locally adapted in conformity to the standards set in 1563.

  • The Ordinal, locally adapted in conformity to the standards set in 1549.

Our Leadership

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The Reverend

Robert Bowman, D.Min

Rector

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The Reverend

Henry Birkinbine

Assisting Clergyman

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The Reverend Deacon

Matthew Visk, Ph.D. (cand.)

Curate

Historical Roots

An Ancient Church

The roots of the Anglicanism go back to the time of the Roman Empire when a Christian church came into existence in what was then the Roman province of Britain. The early Christian writers Tertullian and Origen mention the existence of a British church in the third century AD and in the fourth century British bishops attended a number of the great councils of the Church such as the Council of Arles in 314 and the Council of Rimini in 359. The first member of the British church whom we know by name is St Alban, who, tradition tells us, was martyred for his faith on the spot where St Albans Abbey in England now stands.

The British church was a missionary church with figures such as St Illtud, St Ninian and St Patrick evangelising in Wales, Scotland and Ireland, but the invasions by the pagan Angles, Saxons and Jutes in the fifth century seem to have destroyed the organization of the church in much of what is now England. In 597 a mission sent by Pope Gregory the Great and led by St Augustine of Canterbury landed in Kent to begin the work of converting these pagan peoples. What eventually became known as the Church of England (the Ecclesia Anglicana - or the English Church) was the result of a combination of three streams of Christianity, the Roman tradition of St Augustine and his successors, the remnants of the old Romano-British church and the Celtic tradition coming down from Scotland and associated with people like St Aidan and St Cuthbert.

These three streams came together as a result of increasing contact and a number of local synods, of which the Synod of Whitby in 664 has traditionally been seen as the most important. The result was an English Church, and the tradition that we now know as Anglicanism.

 

A Reformed Church

At the time of the Protestant Reformation, the Western Church became divided between those who continued to accept Papal authority and the various Protestant churches that did not. The Church of England was among the churches that broke with Rome. The catalyst for this decision was the refusal of the Pope to annul the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, but also a Tudor nationalist belief that authority over the English Church properly belonged to the English monarchy.

During this time, Thomas Cranmer emerged as a central architect of the English Reformation and the development of Anglicanism. As Archbishop of Canterbury from 1533 to 1556, Cranmer wielded considerable influence in steering the Church towards Protestant principles. 

Cranmer's theological convictions aligned closely with the burgeoning Protestant movement sweeping across Europe. He championed doctrines such as justification by faith alone and the priesthood of all believers, reflecting the influence of reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin. Cranmer's commitment to reform extended to the realm of worship, where he spearheaded the development of the Book of Common Prayer. This seminal work provided a standardized liturgy in English, replacing Latin and making worship more accessible to the laity.

The religious settlement that eventually emerged from the Elizabethean Settlement gave Anglicanism its distinctive identity. The result was a Church that consciously retained a large amount of continuity with the Church of the Patristic and Medieval periods in terms of its use of the catholic creeds, its pattern of ministry, its buildings and aspects of its liturgy, but which also embodied Protestant insights in its theology and in the overall shape of its liturgical practice. The way that this is often expressed is by saying that Anglicans are 'reformed catholics.'

Anglicanism in America

The Anglican Church in the American colonies became a separate ecclesial body along with the birth of the United States after the Revolutionary War. Anglicans used the name “Protestant Episcopalian” almost exclusively after the war. However, they noted that this new Protestant Episcopal Church “is far from intending to depart from the Church of England in any essential point of doctrine, discipline, or worship, or further than local circumstances allow” (The Book of Common Prayer, p.11).

The word “episcopal” comes from the Greek word episcope (overseer) which the New Testament uses for the office of bishop who oversees a local church. The word “church” comes from the Greek word ekklesia (assembly) which the New Testament uses for God’s people gathered into an assembled congregation. So the term “episcopal church” means a church overseen by bishops, according to the New Testament model.
 

What do Anglicans Believe?

As disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, Anglicans share with other Christians the historic biblical faith of the undivided Church of the first millennium. We believe the doctrines taught in the Bible and find our statements of belief in the historic Creeds (Apostles' Creed,  Nicene Creed and Athanasian Creed), the writings of the early Church Fathers, the Ecumenical Councils of the Church, the Catechism of the Book of Common Prayer, the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, and in the language of our prayers.

Helpful links:

Book of Common Prayer (1662): This is the Prayer Book we use.

Reformed Episcopal Church (REC): Built upon the foundation of the authoritative Word of God


REC100: The Reformed Episcopal Church’s church planting initiative

A Prayer for our Parish

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, we give thee thanks and we pray that by thy grace we may have a like power to hallow and conform our souls and bodies to the purpose of thy most holy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

White Background

If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.

C.S. Lewis

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