What's An Anglican?
Just the Basics
First and foremost, Anglicans are Christians. Globally, Anglicans form the third largest body of Christians in the world (around 80 million members) behind the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.
Origins of the Name
The name “Anglican” is traced back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Europe. The tribal name was spelled “Engles” or “Angles” and the tribe’s speech was the precursor to the English language. Their island became known as England, and their Christians were known as Anglicans. The name has nothing to do with “angels.”
Just as the English language spread with the British empire, so did Anglican Christianity. When Anglicans resettled in new lands, they brought their personal faith with them. Chaplains and pastors were often among their number. Additionally, many Anglicans traveled as missionaries to share the Gospel. Consequently, Anglican churches now exist all over the world in more than 165 countries. As Anglican Christians became a global family, the demographics shifted dramatically. While one may think Anglican Christians hail mostly from Britain, the United States, Canada, and Australia, in truth Anglicans are found all around the globe from South America to Africa, to Europe, and to Asia.
Anglican worship can be diverse, and it is best understood by visiting and attending Good Shepherd Church’s worship service. The church inherits a worship style that recognizes the supremacy of the Bible. Worship gatherings most often follow a structure found in the Book of Common Prayer. The Prayer Book, described as the Scriptures arranged for worship, provides helpful resources for everything from personal daily devotions to large public gatherings of worship. It includes prayers for every season of life.