The Mission of Saint Alban's Church describes our reason for existence. Our Vision describes what Saint Alban's Church will look like when we are fulfilling our mission.
Common Experience: We all have experienced the love of God, through Jesus Christ, as forgiven sinners.
Common Interest: We all desire to increase our knowledge of Jesus Christ as individuals and as a community of believers.
Common Obedience: We all have recognized and confessed Jesus Christ as our master and lord above all others.
Common Goal: We all are committed to bringing all people to the knowledge and love of God through Jesus Christ.
Anglicans are Christians. Anglicans are Catholic but not Roman Catholic. Anglicans are reformed but not Protestant. The Anglican Church is the State Church in some countries. The Anglican Church is a small Christian minority in countries. So what do Anglicans believe? We believe and confess Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the Father but by Him. Therefore, the Anglican Church in North America identifies the following seven elements as characteristic of the Anglican Way, and essential for membership:
In all these things, the Anglican Church in North America is determined by the help of God to hold and maintain as the Anglican Way has received them the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ.
"The Anglican Communion," Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher wrote, "has no peculiar thought, practice, creed or confession of its own. It has only the Catholic Faith of the ancient Catholic Church, as preserved in the Catholic Creeds and maintained in the Catholic and Apostolic constitution of Christ's Church from the beginning." It may licitly teach as necessary for salvation nothing but what is read in the Holy Scriptures as God's Word written or may be proved thereby. It therefore embraces and affirms such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the Scriptures, and thus to be counted apostolic. The Church has no authority to innovate: it is obliged continually, and particularly in times of renewal or reformation, to return to "the faith once delivered to the saints."
To be an Anglican, then, is not to embrace a distinct version of Christianity, but a distinct way of being a "Mere Christian," at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.
Alban, (d.304 A.D.) is the earliest Christian in Britain who is known by name and, according to tradition, the first British martyr. Alban was a soldier in the Roman army. He gave shelter to a Christian priest who was fleeing from persecution, and was converted by him. When officers came to Alban’s house, he dressed himself in the garments of the priest and gave himself up. Alban was tortured and martyred in place of the priest, on the hilltop where the Cathedral of St. Alban’s now stands.
The Venerable Bede gives this account of Alban’s trial: “When Alban was brought in, the judge happened to be standing before an altar, offering sacrifice to devils . . . ‘What is your family and race?’ demanded the judge. ‘How does my family concern you?’ replied Alban; ‘If you wish to know the truth about my religion, know that I am a Christian and am ready to do a Christian’s duty.’ ‘I demand to know your name,’ insisted the judge. ‘Tell me at once.’ ‘My parents named me Alban,’ he answered, ‘and I worship and adore the living and true God, who created all things.’ ”
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