Who We Are and What We Believe

WHAT IS THE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN AMERICA?


The Anglican Church in America is a branch of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church instituted by Jesus Christ.  The word "Anglican" refers to our spiritual heritage and roots in the Church of England.

Traders, merchants and soldiers seem to have brought the Christian Faith to Britain, shortly after it became part of the Roman Empire in the middle of the First Century AD.  Sixteen hundred years later, during what we call the Reformation, the Church of England emerged as a unique institution.  It retained its "Catholic" heritage enshrined in the Creeds, the decisions of the General Councils, its liturgy and sacraments, and in the threefold ministry of bishops, priests and deacons in the Apostolic Succession.  It reformed itself by eliminating some nonessential accretions of the later medieval Church, by restoring much of the practice of the earliest Christians and by insisting upon the authority of Holy Scripture as the rule and guide of Faith.


Members of the Church of England came to America in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  In many of the original colonies, the Church of England was established or official Church.  After the Revolution, American Anglicans established an autonomous branch of the Church, which became know as the Episcopal Church.  Recently, during the last twenty-five or so years, that body abandoned most of the tradition of historic Anglican Faith and Practice.  It is this tradition than many former Episcopalians and other Anglicans are seeking to preserve and proclaim.


RESTORATION IN AMERICA


In 1968, a meeting of such faithful Episcopalians, clergy and lay, was held in Mobile, Alabama.  From the meeting emerged the "American Episcopal Church".  Nine years later, a Congress of Concerned Churchmen took place in St. Louis, Missouri.  It was attended by U.S. and Canadian Anglicans committed to continuing our Church without the fatal deviations espoused by the Episcopal Church.  The Anglican Church in America is the continuation of genuine Anglicanism in our country.  This Church is a member body of the worldwide Traditional Anglican Communion with sister churches in Canada,

Australia, Central and South America, England, Ireland, India and South Africa.





BACKGROUND


Holy Apostles Anglican Church was incorporated April 25, 1997 as The Anglican Church of the Apostles by The Reverend Canon Paul C. Hewett, Dr. Joseph Hurst and Mr. Wayne Schwartz who desired to continue to worship in the unchanged Classic Anglican Faith and Doctrine as expressed by the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. 


In 2007, we changed the name-The Anglican Church of the Apostles-to Holy Apostles Anglican church.  Today, we are part of the Anglican Church in America (ACA) and the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) worldwide with missions and churches in many countries.  Our Church building was built in 1899 by local people in the Pewaukee area and purchased by Holy Apostles in 2001 from the Jehovah's Witnesses, who had owned the church having purchased it from a local Episcopal Church.































WHAT WE BELIEVE


As stated on pages 290 & 291 in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, "The Church is the Body of which Jesus Christ is the Head and all baptized people are the members."


"The Church as described in the Creeds as One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic:


Holy because the Holy Spirit dewlls in it and sanctifies it's members:


Catholic because it is universal,  holding earnestly the Faith for all time, in all countries and for all people:


Apostolic because it continues steadfastly in the Apostles' teachings and fellowship."


Our beliefs also include the Sanctity of Christian Marriage between one man and one woman, Sanctity of Life and the Seven Sacraments of the church:  Sacraments, Baptism, Holy Orders, Matrimony, Unction, Confirmation and Penance.


The 1928 Book of Common Prayer and the matching Anglican Missal form the standard of our Holy Communion Service.