These are common terms used within the Anglican Church

 

Bishop

The leader of a Diocese, whose responsibilities include ordination of priests and deacons, confirmation; local, national and international dialogue on issues of concern to the church; care of clergy and churches within the Bishop’s diocese, to name a few.  Information about our Bishop Mellissa Skelton is HERE

 

Congregation

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

 

Diocese

Anglicans are an international community of independent Churches.  Each is independent (usually by country), and the bishops of these churches gather together every ten years to meet under the hospitality and honorific leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury (Church of England).  A diocese is the smallest unit of our church organization and each diocese has a bishop who is chief pastor of all the parishes in that diocese.  In Canada, there are provinces that are gatherings of several dioceses in a geographical region, under the umbrella of the national Church. To learn more about the diocese St. Andrews belongs to please CLICK HERE

 

Eucharist/Holy 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).