Who we are
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Who are we?
We are a church. A church is a group of people who are called to follow Jesus. Every church is different, so here’s some information to help you appreciate what is distinctive about our particular church.
We are the local outpost of a worldwide movement called the Anglican Communion. With it’s roots in the Church of England, Anglicanism is a form of Christianity that rejoices in being ‘the middle way’. We’re a bit like Roman Catholics and a bit like Protestants. We are part of the Diocese of Perth which is led by Archbishop Roger Herft.
Our church is a safe and welcoming place for all people – regardless of age, culture, sexual identity, gender, wealth or status. We rejoice in our diversity.
We gather regularly to participate in liturgy (sometimes called ‘church services’). Liturgy means ‘the work of the people’. On Sundays and Wednesdays we get together to be re-energised for our service to God and other people. Our most common liturgy is the Eucharist (also called Holy Communion or Mass). In the Eucharist, we hear from the bible, pray and sing together, and share in a ritual meal of bread and wine. Because we’re Anglicans, we do this in a similar way to Anglicans all around Australia and the world.
We love reading the bible and we believe it contains everything necessary for salvation. We take the bible seriously, but not literally. We recognise that science and contemporary scholarship need to inform how we read the bible, and we recognise that there are varied interpretations of the text. We think and talk about serious issues of peace and justice, like refugees, prison reform, human sexuality and aboriginal reconciliation.
We’re On a Mission
As Anglican Christians, we serve God and others based on the five marks of mission. They are:
To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
To respond to human need by loving service
To seek to transform unjust structures of society
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
The area that we serve is called a ‘parish’. Our parish has a population of 18,000 people spread over ten suburbs. You can have a look in the ‘community’ section of our website to see how we serve. You might like to join in our mission!