Who are we? St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church is a mission church that adheres to classical and traditional Anglican doctrine and principles. We subscribe to the Faith of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church as clearly expressed in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. We are members of the Anglican Province of America, a Continuing Anglican Church.
Is the Anglican Faith based on the Bible? We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God and to contain all things necessary to salvation. The Bible is the source of our belief and moral standards. As God’s revealed word to us, the Bible is the lens through which we view and evaluate all other claims to the Truth.
But what do we mean by Catholic? Catholic means that which has been consistently believed and practiced in all places in all times. Our worship and life draw from the rich treasure of the Early Church. The Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds and the ancient statements of the undivided church based on Biblical truth are our statements of faith today. We have neither added to nor subtracted from them. The Book of Common Prayer, which we use in worship, contains the Church’s treasure of corporate worship and enable us to join the Church throughout the ages every time we gather for Holy Communion. Along with the Book of Common Prayer, the rich inheritance of the Christian Year (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, and Trinity) make the year alive with a Christ-centered liturgy participated in by all the Faithful. Our reasoning and tradition are based on the Word of God, and with these traditions we are enabled to live a life focused on Jesus.
How do Anglicans Worship? Worship according to the Anglican Faith is reverent and dignified. Our uniformity of worship, while allowing for variations, serves to remind us of the universal nature of the Faith. In the liturgy (the church service) we are united with the past, present and future generations of Christians everywhere. We worship to glorify God, and not for entertainment. We are not spectators but participants in the Worship of Almighty God. To Anglicans worship is the most important thing we do in this life, and in the life to come. With this in mind, we worship with our bodies too, we kneel to pray, stand to praise, and sit for instruction. Some in our pews may also make the sign of the cross, and genuflect or bow towards the altar.
So are we Protestant? Yes! We are Protestants from the English Reformation. But we are different from other Protestant churches in that we have Holy Communion every Sunday, recite the Creeds of the ancient church, and conduct our services from the Book of Common Prayer. All that we do is based on the acceptance of Jesus Christ as the One, full, perfect revelation of God the Father – as revealed by the Holy Spirit through the witness of the Holy Bible.
May I come to your church? Absolutely! We invite and welcome all to come and worship with us! If you are unfamiliar with our services do not worry, we have booklets in the pews to help you along through the service. We also have a church full of kind parishioners who will gladly help you.
If you would like more information about our church or would like to meet with our Vicar please contact us at 706 – 894- 2422 or via email at STAACAPA@gmail.com.