EPISCOPALIANS BELIEVE in the Christian religion as stated in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. We believe in the Holy Bible as the historical and classical expression of Christian faith and life, and regard the Holy Bible as our faith’s central and defining element.
EPISCOPALIANS BELIEVE in the essential elements of faith and order in the sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist.
EPISCOPALIANS BELIEVE there is much of great value that is traditional in nature such as the ancient liturgies and devotions, the works of the saints, and the great thoughts of the intellectuals throughout Christian history. More-over, the church teaches how to apply Christian faith to the problems of modern life.
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH has the three-fold ministry of bishops, priests and deacons. The worship of the Episcopal Church is liturgical. It is orderly and is set forth for all to follow in the Book of Common Prayer. The chief service is the Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion which is celebrated with dignity and beauty. Other services of worship are Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and the Litany.
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion with 70 million members in more than 160 countries. The Anglican Communion constitutes a branch of the One Holy Church initiated 2,000 years ago when Christ sent the Apostles into the world. The Anglican Communion has the Historic Episcopate and maintains a visible continuity from Christ’s time to the present.
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH was brought to America by the English with the establishment of the American Colonies. Christianity had been brought to the British Isles as early as the third century when there was but one Christian Church in the world. It was not until the sixteenth century that reforms were made within the English Church. These reforms left intact the essential Christian faith passed on through the years from Christ’s time. Thus the Anglican Church is catholic and protestant, ancient and reformed.