An Introduction


An Introduction

Founded in August 1994, Saint Stephen Church is rooted in the Anglican and Celtic spiritual traditions - the direct descendant of the earliest Christians in North America. We are a parish of the Anglican Church in North America, and profess the Nicene Creed as it nourished the English-speaking peoples, the Universal church of Christ throughout the world and “the blessed company of all faithful people” (BCP 1979, p. 338). We maintain the Holy Eucharist as the central act of Christian worship and teach the historic faith with the Book of Common Prayer as the standard of worship and truly believe the Bible in its entirety to be the revealed word of God.

The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) unites 135,000 Anglicans in 1,037 congregations in 30 dioceses across the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a single Church. On April 16, 2009 it was recognized as a province of the global Anglican Communion by the Primates of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans. Members of ACNA are in the mainstream, both globally and historically, of Christianity - the biblically faithful way of following Christ and being part of the “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.”

As Anglicans, this orthodoxy is defined by and centered on our church’s classic formularies - the Book of Common Prayer, including the Ordinal, and the Thirty-nine Articles - which all point back to the authority of the Holy Bible and articulate foundational principles of the Anglican tradition throughout the world. Our orthodoxy is rooted in the Christian faith of the first century.

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