The following synopsys is a description the Anglican faith supplied from www.cofe.anglican.org/faith/anglican and forms the basis of our faith at St. Margaret's.
The Scriptures and the Gospels, the Apostolic Church and the early Church Fathers, are the foundation of Anglican faith. We view the Old and New Testaments 'as containing all things necessary for salvation' and as being the rule and ultimate standard of 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. 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 adults as well as to children.
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.
Here at St. Margaret's, we follow the Anglican faith but there is much more to it for us.
There is a genuine warmth in the welcome you receive when walking through the oak doors as the following statements explain.
...I came to St Margaret’s to hear my daughters banns of marriage read. Everyone was so welcoming that even after her marriage my husband and I continued to visit. At first it was for the sense of peace that we received but as we listened to the services it all started to make sense. When we were asked if we wished to be confirmed we said yes and it was the right decision to make. Confirmation gives you a sense of belonging to the Church, at one with the rest of the congregation and confirms the promises made at your christening.
A few months later my husband became ill, St Margaret’s and Father Ian were fantastic. My husband was put on the prayer chain who continued to pray for him all through the essential operation and recovery. We can’t express how much that meant to us, we never felt like we were on our own and my husband made a good recovery. He’s now one of the volunteer Church work party tackling the grass and grounds.
We recently had a reading from the bible at a service – ‘No-one has seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us’. (1 John: 4 v 12) A Church is a community who help each other and others, by doing this we love God and demonstrate a tiny portion of the love that God has for us. So Christianity, in my belief, is not about a lot of outdated ideas, but actually a way of life which is still very relevant today - J. Mudd