IT CAN BE A LITTLE INTIMIDATING walking
into a church for the first time. Or maybe it's just been a long time (like 30 years ago when your mom dragged you to Sunday
School). A lot has changed since then. The songs are singable, the sermon understandable, and you don't need to come in a suit.
(By the way, we'd love to see you this Sunday.)
page may help shed some light on aspects of the 80-million
member worldwide Anglican Communion. We hope you'll find
the material here interesting, entertaining — even
challenging. After all, we hold that Jesus Christ came to
take away your sins, not your mind.
Never been to an Anglican church? Here's what to expect.
Your basic guide to quieting fears you may have about visiting an Anglican or Episcopal Church.
What do Anglicans believe?
About the quickest overview you can find anywhere, with some good basic links.
What does it mean to be Anglican?
A look at the Anglican Communion from the perspective of the Church of England.
A quick guide to the US Episcopal Church
A useful and fact-filled page on the US Episcopal Church, an important branch of the 80-million-member Anglican Communion.
The Episcopal Church and Anglican Practice
A site for newcomers to the Episcopal Church, on the St Ann's (Nashville, Tennessee USA)
Stories and spiritual resources specifically for adult inquirers, directed generally to people considering the Episcopal Church in the
USA; has a distinct American focus. (Although there is no recent material, the archives
Full Homely Divinity
A friendly site that might provide you with insights into Anglican beliefs, practices, liturgy, customs and devotion. It's worth your time.
Interested in finding out more about God, Jesus, Christianity,
and the meaning of life?
A sophisticated and sleek Australian site that tackles the very basics of Christianity, with a good portion of its material written by
Anglicans. Well worth a visit, but don't be too annyoed by the top level robot. If you "dig deeper" you'll get away from it
and find far more information, well done.
An Invitation to Prayer
'Lord teach us how to pray.' That request was put to Jesus by his own disciples - which should encourage us if we feel we don't know
how to pray. They needed help, and so do we, especially at troubled times such as these. But there isn't just one right way to pray
- what works well for one person may not for another.'
'A new place to explore the story of Jesus, pray, discuss, be entertained and discover how Jesus is understood, followed, interpreted
and worshipped is available on the internet. Rejesus.co.uk has been designed for people who are curious about Jesus or interested
in exploring faith (but who are not keen to attend a church or a course). It is a resource for churches and Christians to use in
their witness, contacts and publicity—using the Internet to connect people with issues of faith and spirituality.The site has
five main sections, designed to offer a variety of ways of exploring Jesus and Christian faith and life'.
Rev. Rebecca's Explanation
& Guide to All Things Anglican
An eclectic set of chapters, including 'Why Liturgy', 'The use of Bells', 'The Passing of the Peace', 'Anglicans & Episcopalians:
an explanation', and more.
The Book of Common Prayer
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is the primary prayer book used throughout the Anglican Communion. Rich with language and heritage,
the common prayer book is one of the things which bond Anglicans around the world. At the site linked above, you'll find a number of
editions used throughout the world, as well as some historical editions. At this Daily
Prayer site (also in Spanish) you can click on a calendar day and
get that day's morning and evening prayers. Some people like to fit in a brief prayer
service at midday, and you'll find that as well. The simple and haunting office of Compline has traditionally been the last
prayer before bed.
Anglicans have two main "creeds"--short statements of what we believe--the Nicene and Apostles Creeds.
At each service, we say the one or the other of the creeds together as confirmation of our common faith.
Search the Bible
Who would have thought searching the Bible would be fun? Think of this link as a Bible Concordance on steroids. You pick which
text version you want, which words to search for, which books to search, even what language to speak to you in! A great tool for researchers.
(Also see the Biblical Study Resources section of Anglicans Online for links to searchable Bible
dictionaries and commentaries.)