We are an evangelical Anglican church in the ancient liturgical tradition, which means that we emphasize genuine whole-life discipleship through the Holy Spirit, under the authority of the Holy Scriptures, and grounded in the sacramental experience of the Church.
As a church in PEARUSA within the larger Anglican Communion, we merge three streams of our Christian heritage: we are ANCIENT, EVANGELICAL, and CHARISMATIC:
We see that the Christian faith—“revealed to the apostles and prophets” (Eph. 3.5), set down in Scripture, and spread through the power of the Holy Spirit—has always been expressed through a visible church. Preserving “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 1.3), we hold fast to the received teaching and boundaries of the faith, as expressed in the Apostle’s, the Nicene, and the Athanasian Creeds, as well as in the liturgies of worship passed down through the Church in Britain. In keeping with the dynamism of the ancient church, we expect the Holy Spirit to meet us as we enter into the rhythms of praise, preaching, prayers, and Eucharist that have been exercised throughout the Church’s history.
In common with most evangelicals, we understand the mission of the Church to be the declaration of God’s redeeming work in the world, which was achieved by Christ’s atoning sacrifice and the subsequent activity of the Holy Spirit, calling people to become disciples who make disciples. We look to “God’s Word written”—the “God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3.16) canon of the Bible—as the primary means by which the Holy Spirit speaks to His people and according to which believers can be made accountable to one another. We hold Scripture as “containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life,” to which all practices and traditions of the Church must be submitted.
God changes His people by His Spirit, renewing us in the image of Jesus Christ and moving us towards the fullness of knowing Him (Col. 3.10). Part of this renewal and transformation occurs as we gather in His presence. Through the reading of the Word and its exposition, through prayer and pointed insights, through praise, and through the grace of weekly Communion, the Holy Spirit brings God’s healing light into our lives. As we submit to His lordship and receive His peace, the Spirit breaks our bondage to sin and frees us to live as more obedient followers of Christ. When we gather, we bring an expectation that God will be active by His Spirit in the work of conviction and liberation, healing and restoration.