Logo for the Anglican Province of America

Saint Peter the Apostle Anglican Church is in the Anglican Province of America, which is a member of the Joint Synod of three provinces and one diocese that are working to merge into one province. We believe in the same doctrine and so we are stronger together in our witness to the Gospel and in our resources for evangelism and church planting. The shield logo to the left indicates Saint Peter’s Church is in the Diocese of the Eastern United States and in the Deanery of Appalachia. All local churches of the Joint Synod are in full Communion with each other. We use the traditional Book of Common Prayer and the Authorized King James Version for public worship, and other Bible versions too for Christian Education classes.

We believe, teach, and confess the biblical doctrine of Jesus Christ as the Conciliar Church has given to us in the three Ecumenical Creeds: The Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasius Creed. We believe, teach, and confess both the Catholic doctrine of the Holy Trinity and the Two Natures of Christ along with the Protestant heritage of the Anglican Church according to the 39 Articles which are the Anglican settlement of doctrinal disputes arising out of the English Protestant Reformation. We affirm both the Catholic and Protestant patrimony in liturgical rites and ceremonies within the Anglican Church of the Joint Synod.

Saint Peter the Apostle Anglican Church building with our portico entrance undergoing reconstruction, there is a real cast bell in the steeple that we ring.
The keys crossed together on our logo represent the authority that Jesus gave to Peter and the other Apostles and hence to the ministerial priesthood to bind and to loose sins on earth and in heaven in accordance with the Gospel, as recorded in the Gospel of John 20:22-23.

What is an “Anglican” Christian? The word Anglican comes from Anglo-Saxon or the English speaking people. When referring to the Church the title in Latin from the 12th Century is Ecclesia Anglicana or the English Christian Church or Church of England. The first English speaking Christians to arrive in Jamestown Virginia in 1607 were Anglicans from the Church of England. Many people believe incorrectly that King Henry the Eighth was the founder of the Church of England when for political reasons he separated the Church of England or Anglican Church from under the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church.
The Anglican Church of England did pass through the Protestant Reformation and was influenced by the Reformation but the Anglican Christian Church in England originated when England or Britannia was a province of the Roman Empire. Christian evangelists brought the Gospel along Roman roads and seaports so that in the providence of God the Gospel reached Britannia. Saint Alban comes from this Roman period. As early as the Council of Nicaea A.D. 323, bishops from Britannia were in attendance representing the Christian Church. As Anglicans in North America we share the same history as the Episcopal Church but we separated from the Episcopal Church in 1977 in order to have the freedom to faithfully proclaim the Gospel and make disciples for Jesus Christ according to the mandate from our Lord and Saviour. We welcome all Christians to consider the Anglican Way of being a Christian.

What is so different then about the Anglican Way of being a Christian? The Anglican Church is part of the western branch of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church that includes the Confessional and Conciliar Lutheran Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Polish National Catholic Church, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. The term “Catholic” can be translated as “universal” and in Greek the two words kata and holos means according to the whole, meaning the whole faith as recorded in the Bible in two Testaments. The opposite of a Catholic Christian is not a Protestant but an heretic that denies the testimony of Holy Scripture expressed in the three Ecumenical Creeds: The Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasius Creed, which give testimony to the biblical doctrine of the Holy Trinity and the two natures of Christ meaning that Jesus has both a divine nature and an human nature: Jesus is both God and man. These three creeds define the Catholic Christian faith, and so Christians in the Methodist, Reformed and Presbyterian Churches are part of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic because they too affirm the three creeds even though they may disagree with us on the nature and purpose of the ministerial priesthood.
As Anglicans we are Liturgical and Evangelical Christians meaning that we use structured worship as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer, a product of the English Protestant Reformation but also a continuation of the forms of liturgical worship going back to the ancient Christian Church of the apostles back to Jesus and the temple.
The first Book of Common Prayer was published in 1549. We use the 1928 revised Book of Common Prayer which has maintained continuity with the Prayer Book tradition beginning in 1549.

We Anglican Christians use liturgical structured worship because in the Bible and in the history of the ancient apostolic Christian Church this is the only form of worship we find. Maintaining continuity with the past is very important for Christians because we as Christians are part of the whole Church past, present, and future. Continuity with Christians in the past by worshiping in the same forms and praying the same prayers that they prayed is yet another link with the Lord Jesus Christ. Consider our unity with Jesus when we pray the prayer he gave us to pray called the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father. We Christians belong to an enormous family of believers spanning the centuries back to the apostles and Jesus and even back to the Old Testament (Old Covenant) believers or saints. We Christians alive today are active in the Church Militant here on earth. Our Christian loved ones who have departed this life so that their souls are with Jesus in paradise are in the Church Expectant; they are still part of the same Church to which we belong. We and they are awaiting the Church Triumphant when Jesus returns in glory to judge both the quick and the dead, and the Christian souls in paradise are united with their resurrected bodies and the living are given glorified bodies for the new heavens and the new earth that read in Revelation Chapter 21. Jesus makes all things new.
As Anglican Christians, we believe, teach, and confess that God uses material means to apply the redemption of Christ to our bodies and souls. God uses water, bread, and wine. Through the water of Holy Baptism our original sin is forgiven; we are born from above as the children of God and given the Holy Spirit and the gift of faith.
For both infants and adults baptism is an outward visible sign (water) of an inward spiritual grace called regeneration that is a very real indelible mark of a Christian. We are sustained in this one true faith in Jesus after Holy Baptism through the Lord’s Supper also called the Mass, the Holy Communion, or the Holy Eucharist, or in the Eastern Orthodox Church called the Divine Liturgy. The outward visible signs of bread and wine are the means by which we receive the grace of God in a tangible way for the forgiveness of our sins and everlasting life with Jesus.

God provided for His Church material tangible sacraments for his new covenant people so that we place our assurance of salvation not in a personal conversion experience that comes and goes but in the outward visible means of grace that God in Jesus provides for us from outside of us. If you desire baptism and the Lord’s Supper our pastor will instruct you in the Scriptures to receive both Sacraments. If you have been baptized with water and in the name of Jesus, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, then we do not re-baptize you. We then prepare you for Confirmation from the Bishop who
represents the whole Church who prays with you for the gifts of the Holy Spirit as you continue your priesthood of the baptized, to serve Jesus faithfully in the vocations that God has called you to serve. We have a vocation as a baptized Christians, vocations as single men and women, married as husbands, and wives, fathers, and mothers, sons and daughters, and grandparents. And we at Saint Peter’s Church love families.
Your children will discover at Saint Peter’s Church additional aunts, uncles, and grandparents in the Christian faith.

Last updated - November 21, 2018.