What is Anglicanism?
HISTORY
The Anglican Church was formed out of the English Reformation, when the Church in England became the Church of England. In Britain, Christianity began with a celtic influence before it eventually adopted European (which at that time meant Roman) ways of worship over time. But British kings felt the English church was under their authority, not the authority of the Pope. In 1531, King Henry VIII officially declared himself the head of the Church of England and every Christian in England effectively became Anglican. Because the Church of England was solely geographic, there was vast diversity within the church. When Queen Elizabeth I came to reign in 1558, she established compromise and moderation between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, providing a balance between the two extremes. As England established a worldwide empire, it took Anglicanism with it; where the empire went, the church went. And even though the empire receded, churches remained. Today, the Anglican Communion is a worldwide communion of nearly 80 million people.
FAQs
 
Is the Anglican Church Roman Catholic? Is it Protestant?
The Anglican Church is viewed as the via media, the middle way. The denomination was formed by men and women who were  trying to find a middle ground between Roman Catholicism and European Protestantism. Today, the Anglican Church still represents a balance between the governance and worship style of Roman Catholicism and the reformed theology and preaching of Protestantism.
 
So, then, why do Anglicans claim to be “catholic” in the creed?
There are two uses of the term “catholic,” little “c” and capital “C.” Little “c” catholicity refers to the universality of the Church. Capital “C” catholicism is Roman Catholicism, a denomination. Anglicans are part of the “one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” We are part of Christ’s Church, but we are not Roman Catholic. All members of Christ’s Church are catholic, but not all members of the Church are Roman Catholic. 
 
Is the Anglican Church unique to England and the United States?
No! The Anglican Church is a worldwide communion. As the British Empire engaged in colonization around the world, English missionaries followed and brought the Anglican Church with them. Today, the majority of Anglicans are actually in Africa. Around the world, there are nearly 80 million Anglicans, making it the third largest denomination in the world, behind the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. The Anglican Communion spans 165 countries with over 40 provinces.
 
Are Anglicans evangelical, charismatic, or catholic/sacramental?
All of the above! Anglicanism is a “three stream” denomination. We incorporate, appreciate, and believe in the authority of Scripture, the Power of the Holy Spirit, and the Tradition of the Church. Within the Anglican church there is diversity as to the weight placed on each stream, but we all maintain the importance of each. At COK, you will experience all three streams. We hold fast to the teaching and preaching of Scripture, we allow for the workings of the Holy Spirit, and we hold fast to the sacraments and roots of the Church. We incorporate contemporary worship with hymns and the liturgy.
 
Do Anglicans participate in infant baptism or “believers” baptism? Immersion or sprinkling?
Again, all of the above! As Anglicans, we believe that baptism is a very important sacrament required by Scripture of all believers. Thus, we are overjoyed to baptize new believers into the Kingdom of God. But we also believe there is Scriptural support for the baptism of infants as they are “members of the household” (Acts 16:15) and the baptismal promise is for “you and your children” (Acts 2:39). It is also the Tradition of the Historic Church to baptize infants. So, we baptize infants too. Whether done by sprinkling or immersion varies from church to church. In our baptismal rites at COK, we practice immersion or sprinkling depending on the person’s or parents’ preference and the circumstances. 
 
 
 
 
 
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GLOSSARY
 
ACNA: Anglican Church of North America; the North American Province of the Anglican church; this province formed after conservative, Biblically-faithful groups broke away from the Episcopal church in the United States and the Anglican Church of Canada in Canada. The majority of the global Anglican communion recognizes ACNA to be the North American expression of Anglicanism.
 
Acolyte: participant and helper in worship services; often older children and teenagers
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Altar Guild: a group of lay persons who serve the congregation by decorating and preparing the altar for services.

Anglican: the name of the denomination stemming out of the Church of England; England means “land of the angles,” hence Anglican; Anglican itself means “English”

Archbishop: chief Bishop; the leader of a Province; some larger Provinces have more than one archbishop

Archbishop Cranmer: the first Archbishop of the Church of England during the reign of King Henry VIII; leader of the English Reformation

Archbishop Foley Beach: current Archbishop of the ACNA

Bishop: the leader of a Diocese; holds influential position in the Province; presides over Ordinations and Confirmation

Book of Common Prayer: title of prayer books used for worship in the Anglican Communion

Chalice Bearer: those who serve the wine at communion; often lay ministers

Chancel: area around the altar; where the clergy and participants are; usually elevated
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Chasuble: worn by the celebrant during the celebration of the Eucharist; a Vestment; worn for the spiritual representation of putting on the charity of Christ (Col. 3:14)

Clergy: ordained ministers

Clerics: clergy; the daily uniform of ordained clergy, including the Collar

Collar: worn by ordained clergy; a sign of humility

Collect: collects the theme for the day in a prayer

College of Bishops: the collective group of bishops in a Province

Deacon: servant; one of the three Holy Orders; primarily serves Bishops, priests, and those in need

Diocese: a cluster or network of congregations led by a Bishop; often clustered based on geography, but can also be by a shared affinity, e.g. the International Diocese

Eucharist: Holy Communion; the Lord’s Supper

GAFCON: Global Anglican Future Conference; the conference of global leaders in the Anglican Communion formed in 2008 to help and stand with the conservative, Biblically-faithful members of the Communion; helped the ACNA form; recognizes the ACNA as the North American expression of the Anglican Communion

Global South: the first conference of global leaders in the communion to form after the Episcopal church consecrated a practicing homosexual bishop, contrary to Biblical teaching; comprised mostly of Provinces south of the equator

King Henry VIII: King of England who is most associated with the transition of the Church in England to the Church of England during the English Reformation.

Lay Reader: readers of the readings and prayers during worship; aids clergy in serving the Eucharist as a Chalice Bearer

Lectionary: a weekly selection of Scripture readings for Holy Communion services; usually includes an Old Testament, Psalm, New Testament (Epistle), and Gospel reading

Liturgy: form of service

Narthex: space leading up to the Nave; right outside doors to the Nave; a.k.a. the foyer

Nave: where the people sit in the church building/sanctuary

Ordination: admission to the sacred Holy Orders of Deacon, priest, and Bishop (in that respective order) through solemn prayer and the laying on of episcopal (Bishops) hands

Primate: the Archbishop who sits as the global representative of the Province

Province: a cluster of Dioceses led by an Archbishop; usually by country, e.g. Anglican Church of Kenya

Provincial Council: a selection of Bishops, Clergy, and lay leaders in a Province who gather to determine the direction of the Province, make critical business and theological decisions, and lead the Province

Rector: senior pastor/priest of an Anglican church; must be ordained in the church

Sacraments: outward physical signs of inward spiritual grace.  Those initiated by Jesus are baptism and communion. Others include confirmation, ordination, marriage, unction (anointing with oil), reconciliation of a penitent. 

Sacristy: the Altar Guild room; where the Altar Guild prepares for the service; also doubles as the vesting room for clergy and participants

Vestments: the different garments worn by the participants in worship services. For the clergy, this includes the cassock alb (robe), stole, and cincture: 
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Vestry: in effect, the board of the church led by the Rector; members voted on by the congregation

Warden:  Junior and Senior Wardens; Junior is a Vestry member selected by the Vestry generally to oversee the property needs of the congregation;  Senior Warden is a Vestry member selected by the Rector to be a “right hand man” and executive