The Anglican Church of Canada is rooted in the traditions and spiritual practices of historic Christianity which go back to the First Century AD.
We are organized pastorally, and in order to serve the spiritual needs of the Church, we ordain individuals to vocations of bishops, priests or deacons. We believe these vocations are meant to serve the larger and more comprehensive calling of the whole Church and indeed, the whole people of God.
Bishops are given spiritual oversight and responsibility in the service of districts we call dioceses. Dioceses in turn are organized into archdeaconries and deaneries. Anglican Dioceses are always part of a national grouping of dioceses, in our case The Anglican Church of Canada (or in England, The Church of England, etc.).
Priests are given responsibility for the pastoral and spiritual oversight of parishes, and their primary focus is pastoral care, preaching, Christian formation and support, and presiding in worship (especially the Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion).
Deacons are people called to a special role of servanthood, aligning and identifying with the poor and the marginalized, and keeping the Church’s mind and heart open to the real needs of the world beyond its doors. They also assist in acts of worship, and may also preach and teach.
Archdeacons are given responsibilities of oversight in the areas of the Diocese we call archdeaconries, and Regional Deans serve a primarily pastoral role in areas within archdeaconries called deaneries.
St John’s, Port Moody, is a parish in the Diocese of New Westminster, the Archdeaconry of Westminster, and the Deanery of Westminster/Burnaby.
The Anglican Church of Canada operates according to these FIVE MARKS OF MISSION:
- 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
In addition, we are Christians who…
- Have found an approach to God through the life and teachings of Jesus;
- Recognise the faithfulness of other people who have other names for the gateway to God’s realm, and acknowledge that their ways are true for them, as our ways are true for us;
- Understand the sharing of bread and wine in Jesus’ name to be a representation of an ancient vision of God’s feast for all peoples;
- Invite all people to participate in our community and worship life without insisting that they become like us in order to be acceptable (including but not limited to):
- believers and agnostics
- conventional Christians and questioning sceptics
- women and men
- those of all sexual orientations and gender identities
- those of all races and cultures
- those of all classes and abilities
- those who hope for a better world and those who have lost hope;
- Know that the way we behave toward one another and toward other people is the fullest expression of what we believe;
- Find more grace in the search for understanding than we do in dogmatic certainty, more value in questioning than in absolutes;
- Form ourselves into communities dedicated to equipping one another for the work we feel called to do: striving for peace and justice among all people; protecting and restoring the integrity of all God’s creation; and bringing hope to those Jesus called the least of his sisters and brothers;
- Recognise that being followers of Jesus is costly, and entails selfless love, conscientious resistance to evil, and renunciation of privilege.
(as originally articulated by The Centre for Progressive Christianity)