Being Anglican

Diocese of Huron LogoSt. Mark’s Anglican Church resides in the Diocese of Huron. In the heart of Huron are its people; congregations of faith opening their doors and their hearts to their neighbours and to the world.

This page is intended to give you some background information so that you’ll feel comfortable enough to join us at a church service. We welcome visitors! Our friendly Greeter’s Team will meet you at as you enter the church and help to orient you to the church and our services.

As a worldwide family of churches, the Anglican Communion has more than 70 million adherents in 38 Provinces spreading across 161 countries. Located on every continent, Anglicans speak many languages and come from different races and cultures. Although the churches are autonomous, they are also uniquely unified through their history, their theology, their worship and their relationship to the ancient See of Canterbury.Anglican Communion Logo

Anglicans uphold the catholic and apostolic faith. Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Churches are committed to the proclamation of the good news of the Gospel to the whole creation. In practice this is based on the revelation contained in Holy Scripture and the Catholic creeds, and is interpreted in light of Christian tradition, scholarship, reason and experience.

By baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a person is made one with Christ and received into the fellowship of the Church. This sacrament of initiation is open to children as well as to adults.

Central to worship for Anglicans is the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, also called the Holy Communion. In this offering of prayer and praise, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are recalled through the proclamation of the word and the celebration of the sacrament. Other important rites, commonly called sacraments, include confirmation, holy orders, reconciliation, marriage and anointing of the sick.

Worship is at the very heart of Anglicanism. Its styles vary from simple to elaborate, or even a combination. Until the late twentieth century the great uniting text was The Book of Common Prayer, in its various revisions throughout the Communion, and the modern language liturgies, such as Common Worship, which now exist alongside it still bear a family likeness. St. Mark’s offers a service using The Book of Common Prayer at 9:00 a.m.

The Book of Alternative Services, despite its name “alternative,” has become the primary worship text for Sunday services and other major liturgical celebrations of the Anglican Church of Canada. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of its publication. St. Mark’s offers a service using The Book of Alternative Services at 10:30 am.

To be an Anglican is to be on a journey of faith to God supported by a fellowship of co-believers who are dedicated to finding Him by prayer and service.

How We Worship

In the Anglican Church, the word liturgy describes the patterns, forms and words through which public worship is conducted. Vibrant images seek to connect the Biblical tradition with people’s own experiences. Christian life as a journey is a key concept – one in which those as yet uncommitted to the faith are also invited to join.

The prayer books to provide a common framework and common structures for services in the Anglican Church. However, a variety of prayers and resources are available for use within those common structures. This allows our church to tailor services to our own setting, culture and needs.

Choosing a Church

We shop for fitness programs, tax consultants, daycares, you name it – so why not shop for the right church home? Maybe you’re a person who needs to visit several churches many times. Or perhaps you can settle into a comfortable church home in only a visit or two.

Before you decide, you might ask yourself how you feel when you sit down in the pew. Is the church itself a comfortable setting for your particular spiritual journey? If you plan to be a regular church attendee, is the church a manageable distance from your home?

If music is important to you, find out about the music program and whether the parish offers the opportunities you need. You may also want to find out about the Sunday School program and adult education opportunites.

Every church has its own flavour and each pastor her or his own unique communication style. Each time you attend a service you are, in a way, inviting others into your life for that hour or so.

Is the sermon message accessible? Do you carry away a few thoughts to mull over during the week? It’s impossible to deliver a great sermon every week, but it’s not unreasonable to expect to receive a meaningful message from the sermon on a regular basis.

Church shopping is a good time to reflect on your own spiritual journey. If St. Mark’s is your choice, you’ll enter an open Christian community that welcomes people from all walks of life.