Church of the Messiah is an evangelical Anglican church. We seek to be a biblically faithful and orthodox church within the evangelical stream of the Anglican Way of following Jesus. This is the stream of Thomas Cranmer, Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer; of William Wilberforce, Charles Simeon and J. C. Ryle; of John Stott, Michael Green and J. I. Packer; of Peter Akinola, John Chew and Gregory Venables.

We affirm the supremacy of the complete Canon of Holy Scripture, and we affirm the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) as our standard of doctrine and worship, including the Ordinal (with its preface), the 39 Articles of Religion, and the Solemn Declaration of 1893. We affirm the three ancient Western Creeds, (Apostles‘, Nicene and Athanasian) as well as the Chalcedonian formula.

The Anglican Way

Ancient. Anglicanism is Christian. Therefore the Author and Perfecter of our faith is Jesus Christ. Humanly speaking, the Gospel came by missionaries to the British Isles almost 1900 years ago. The Anglican Way comes in unbroken succession from that first bringing of the Gospel.

Free. The Anglican Way values freedom. We are free to get involved in the Christian community at our own pace. Free to read widely. Free to worship in both liturgical and unstructured ways. Free to use our gifts and talents to serve others to the glory of God.

World Wide. From the British Isles the Anglican Way has spread around the globe, embraced by many races, languages and people groups. There are over 70 million Anglicans worldwide. Canadian Anglicans make up less than 1% of all Anglicans.

Reformed. The Anglican Way was profoundly shaped by the Reformation. The English Reformers accepted the best teaching of the classic European reformers such as CalvinLuther and Zwingli while maintaining those features of Catholic life which were in harmony with the Bible.

Liturgical. The Anglican Way involves corporate worship that is liturgical. Ancient and contemporary prayers and forms guide us as we worship together. This provides a healthy balance of scripture, preaching, repentance, prayer, singing and communion.

Orthodox. The Anglican Way involves accepting as true the great foundational creeds (Apostles, NiceneAthanasian) and definitions (Chalcedonian) of Christianity.

Great. The Anglican Way is a great way to grow into a confident, joyful disciple of Jesus Christ. It is the way followed by John Donne, C. S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, J. I. Packer and John Stott. We invite you to join us!

Personal Biblical. The Bible is God’s word written. It is to be the basis of doctrine, worship and spirituality. We are to “read, mark, learn and inwardly digest it” to grow. Each person on the Anglican Way is to come to saving faith, trusting Jesus as Saviour and following Him as Lord. We are to grow in our surrender to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. We are to practice classic and contemporary Christ honouring spiritual disciplines. We share the Gospel with others in the hope that they too will become followers of Jesus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Who is Jesus?
Answer: We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, Begotten of the Father before all worlds; God, of God; Light, of Light; Very God, of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; Through whom all things were made:  Who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, And was made man, And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.  He suffered and was buried, And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, And ascended into heaven, And is seated at the right hand of the Father.  And he shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead: Whose kingdom shall have to end.  (From the Nicene Creed)

Question: How are we made right with God?
Answer: We are accounted righteous before God, only for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith, and not for our own works or deservings. (From Article XI, Page 702 BCP)

Question: Are there other saviours?
Answer: Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) For Holy Scripture does set unto us only the Name of Jesus whereby human beings must be saved. (From Article XVIII, page 706 BCP)

Question: What is the Bible?
Answer: God’s Word written. (From Article XX, page 706 BCP) Holy Scripture contains all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any person, that it should be believed as an article of Faith, or to be thought requisite or necessary to salvation.