What We Believe . . . as Episcopalians
 
 
Christ-Focused
 
 
 
As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, and both our worship and our mission are in Christ’s name. In Jesus, we find that the nature of God is love, and through baptism, we share in his victory over sin and death. 
Five Marks of Mission
 
 
 The Mission of the Church Is the Mission of Christ:
 
  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptize and nurture new believers 
  • To respond to human need by loving service 
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
We recognize with gratitude that the Five Marks of Mission, developed by the Anglican Consultative Council between 1984 and 1990, have won wide acceptance among Anglicans, and have given parishes and dioceses around the world a practical and memorable “checklist” for mission activities.
 
Holy Baptism
 
 
 
In the waters of baptism we are lovingly adopted by God into God’s family, which we call the Church, and given God’s own life to share and reminded that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ.
Holy Communion
 
 
 It goes by several names: Holy Communion, the Eucharist (which literally means “thanksgiving”), mass. But whatever it’s called, this is the family meal for Christians and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. As such, all persons who have been baptized, and are therefore part of the extended family that is the Church, are welcome to receive the bread and wine, and be in communion with God and each other.
 
Sacraments
 
 
 
Besides baptism and the Eucharist (Holy Communion), the church recognizes other spiritual markers in our journey of faith. These include:
 
  • Confirmation (the adult affirmation of our baptismal vows)
  • Reconciliation of a Penitent (private confession)
  • Matrimony (Christian marriage)
  • Orders (ordination to deacon, priest, or bishop)
  • Unction (anointing with oil those who are sick or dying)
These help us to be a sacramental people, seeing God always at work around us. 
 
For more about what we believe as Episcopalians, click here to visit the official website of The Episcopal Church.
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