Mission Statement: To live as a Christ-centred community that proclaims the love of God to all people
Sources: Dee Budd and Douglas Kendall, with much thanks
Our Anglican Story
It is a long story of which this is a brief sketch.
As with any Christian story it begins with the birth, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. It continues in the life of the early community spreading across the Mediterranean world until it crosses the English Channel, then to become part of those islands. Augustine, Patrick, Julian of Norwich, John Wesley, William Temple are all part of our story.
Down through the centuries, there were many developments in the Christian faith and life. In the 4th century Christianity moved from the margins of Roman culture to become the official religion of the Empire. In 1054 it divided into the Western Catholic and Eastern Orthodox worlds. In the 16th century, the age of European Reformation, the Church in England broke ties with the authority of Rome and established an independent existence as a church both reformed and catholic.
In 1578 Robert Wolfall held a service on an English ship in Hudson’s Bay and another chapter began which would eventually see Anglican churches from the Atlantic to the Pacific. In 1788 Charles Inglis was consecrated Bishop of Nova Scotia. In the early decades of this century Bishop Robert Fleming called 90% of all Inuit people into the Anglican tradition. Today there are 33 self-governing churches in our “Anglican Communion” spread across 164 countries who embrace 23 languages. The vast majority of Christian Anglicans live in the countries of the developing world.
Anglican Christianity has always tried to balance the many ways by which we understand, embrace and respond to the mystery of God. We have inherited three great gifts: the Bible, the Sacramental experience and the community of faith. We believe that God is a God of self-disclosure (revelation). We seek to understand that revelation by our reason, to respond to it with our love and to act upon it in our lives. We believe that Christian faith is a many splendoured gift of our Lord, which can grow richer and lead to fullness of life.
St. George’s, Cadboro Bay is a centre of such life where individuals and families can explore and enlarge their journey with our Lord Jesus Christ.