Our Anglican Christian Identity

Christ Church in the Manche is a Chaplaincy of the Church of England Diocese in Europe, part of the Anglican Communion


Our Anglican Christian Identity

In history and theology (from the Revised Catechism of the Church of England)

'The Church of England is the ancient Church of (that) land, catholic and reformed. It proclaims and holds fast the doctrine and ministry of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church'.

The Church of England is part of The Anglican Communion: 'a family of Churches within the universal Church of Christ, maintaining apostolic doctrine and order and in full communion with one another and with the Sees of Canterbury and York.'  (A fuller summary of Anglican beliefs can be found in the Revised Catechism: see the link below.)

In church government and authority                                                                                                                                                   

The Chaplaincy of Christ Church in the Manche is under the authority of the Bishop of the Church of England Diocese in Europe. Those who minister in the Chaplaincy do so under his authority, and subject to the requirements of the Canons of the Church of England. The authority of the Bishop is normally exercised by the Licenced Chaplain and the duly admitted Churchwardens: during a ministerial vacancy, the authority of the Bishop is exercised on his behalf by the Area Dean of Northern France.

In the laws of the French Republic                                                                                                                   

Christ Church in the Manche is legally registered with Prefecture de la Manche as an Association Cultuelle under the terms of the 'Loi 1905'. Our Chaplaincy articles of association say (in translation):  'The association has for its object the public exercise of anglican worship in accordance with the Canon Law of the Anglican Diocese in Europe; the proclaiming of the gospel; all pastoral activities admissible by law; the administrative, financial and legal management of the association; and all other activities consistent with the objects of the association.'

In the local congregation, serving Christ together                                                                                                                         

The Anglican tradition of Christianity treasures and celebrates a rich and varied spiritual heritage drawn from the experience of serving Christ and His Kingdom in many different contexts and cultures. Anglican Christianity makes no exclusive claims for our particular understanding of the Gospel, but we believe that being an Anglican Christian offers a good and fulfilling way to respond faithfully to Christ's call to be His disciples in our generation. We enjoy exploring our living tradition, and we rejoice at opportunities to share it with others.

Our Chaplaincy warmly welcomes Christians from many traditions who share our faith in the Holy Trinity, and invites them to participate in our life and make a spiritual home with us as fully as conscience and personal conviction allows. It is not necessary to join the Church of England in order to belong  to our congregation, and to play a full part in the life of the Body of Christ here.

Please speak to one of the ministers or church officers if you have any questions, or would like to find out more about any aspect of our church life.

Revised_Catechism, PDF

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