Common Terms Used in the Church


Archbishop

The bishop in charge of an ecclesiastical province in Canada. The archbishop is elected by the provincial synod which is composed of bishops, clergy and lay delegates. St. Andrew's is apart of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon and our archbishop is the Most Rev. Melissa Skelton.


bishop

The leader of a Diocese, whose responsibilities include ordination of priests and deacons, local, national and international dialogue on issues of concern to the church, confirmation, and care of clergy and churches within the Bishop’s diocese. St. Andrew's is apart of the Diocese of New Westminster and our bishop is the Most Rev. Melissa Skelton


Congregation

The regular worshipers of the church, and those on the membership list.


Diocese

A geographic area under the jurisdiction of a Diocesan Bishop as chief pastor.  There are currently 30 dioceses in the Anglican Church of Canada.  A diocese is governed by a diocesan synod composed of the bishop(s) and elected members of the clergy and laity chosen by the parishes.  Bishops are elected by diocesan synods. St. Andrew's is apart of the Diocese of New Westminster


Ecclesiastical Province

A grouping of dioceses into a common area.  There are currently four ecclesiastical provinces in Canada.  They are (moving from east to west): Canada, Ontario, Rupert’s Land and British Columbia and Yukon.  Ecclesiastical provinces meet in provincial synods at regular intervals to transact business of common interest. St. Andrew's is apart of the Ecclesiastical Province of BC and Yukon.


Eucharist

The portion of our worship where we remember Jesus’ words to his disciples at their last meal together.  The word Eucharist means ‘great thanksgiving’ in Greek, referring to all our thanks to God for creation, Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection, and God’s ongoing work of recreation in our lives today.


narthex

The gathering area at the main entrance to the church building.


Parish

The geographical area in which the church is located. St. Andrew’s parish is in Langley and the Langley Township.


rector

The chief ordained minister of the congregation (“priest”).  All members of the congregation are ministers, called by Jesus to share God’s care and compassion in the world.


sanctuary

  1. The area of the church building set aside for worship;

  2. The end of the worship space where the Table/Altar is located and usually a pulpit for readings of Scripture and preaching


Scripture

The whole Bible:  Hebrew Bible, Christian Testament and Apocrypha (writings from the 3rd to 1st centuries before Christ, during the times of the Greek  conquest of Palestine).


Synod

A meeting held for elected members of the Church to discuss religious issues. Diocesan synod is held every two years and is and is composed of clergy and laity from every church in the diocese. General synod meets every three years and is composed of representatives of bishop, clergy and laity from every diocese in Canada.