Ancient & Present
Anglican Christianity has roots as far back as the 3rd century, when missionaries came through the Roman Empire to Britain. Through the centuries, this Christian tradition has grown, matured, and spread across the globe, becoming one of the oldest and largest bodies of Christians in the entire world.
Through all of that, however, there has been one thing that has remained true for Anglicans: we believe in the local. We believe that the cosmic message of Jesus Christ and the riches of the universal Church are meant to meet us in this place, at this time, and in our language. This means that as we tell the life-giving story of Jesus, we can be traditional in ways that make sense to people like us in Chapin and Dutch Fork. As Anglicans, we can hold on to the past as we live in the present and look to eternity.
An Evangelical Church
At their core, Anglicans are evangelical. We believe whole-heartedly in the good news of the kingdom of God as Jesus and his Apostles preached it. We believe that the Holy Scriptures are our final authority, and we teach nothing contrary to them. We also believe that the Holy Spirit is alive and active, breathing new life into broken people and turning them into a new creation as he joins them to his Church.
A Catholic Church
The word "catholic" means "universal." By God's amazing grace, the Church that Jesus Christ started is filling the entire world with a unified message of God's love and salvation for humanity. When we say that we are a catholic church, we mean that we believe what all Christians have always believed in all places. More specifically, we mean that we believe the truths summarized in the The Apostles Creed, The Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed along with the councils of the universal, undivided church.