The word “Anglican” simply means “of or relating to England or the English.” So an Anglican church is either a church within the Church of England or a church whose roots are connected to the Church of England.
Here’s what our Bishop, Todd Hunter, has to say about Anglican History:
The Anglican Communion
The Anglican Communion is the worldwide fellowship of churches owing their origins to the Church of England. It is the third largest church in the world and is a fellowship within the one, holy, catholic (universal) and apostolic church.
Christ Church is connected to Bishop Todd Hunter and his missional, church planting diocese called Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO), which is a part of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) – the Anglican province for the United States and Canada.
Anglicans baptize infants and young children because, though they are not yet old enough to make promises to God for themselves, others (i.e. their parents and Godparents/sponsors) make promises on their behalf and commit to raise those baptized to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
What is Confirmation?
Not to be confused with Christ Church’s calendar of events, the larger Church Calendar reminds us of the great events of the Gospel story from which Christian worship springs.
- Advent prepares us to celebrate Christ’s first coming and his second coming to judge the living and the dead.
- Christmas is the anniversary of our Lord’s birth.
- Epiphany (January 6) which, with the following Sunday, speaks of the glory of God revealed in Christ.
- Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts 40 days, excluding Sundays. This period recalls the 40 days of our Lord’s temptation. It is a season of penitence and fasting in preparation for Easter.
- Holy Week opens with Palm Sunday and leads our thoughts through our Lord’s Passion from his entry into Jerusalem, through the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, to his Crucifixion on Good Friday, and his lying in the grave on Easter Eve.
- Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. This season of rejoicing extends through the 40 days after Easter.
- Pentecost celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples (the Church) as described in the Book of Acts, chapter 2. The season after Pentecost continues for the rest of the Church year until the beginning of Advent.
The Liturgical Colors
The colors of the stoles and Communion vestments worn by the clergy, as well as the hangings on the altar table, are appropriate to the season of the church year.
Each color is symbolic (and can be seen in our logo):