Our Church is a member of the Anglican Communion, “a fellowship, within the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, of Dioceses, provinces, or regional churches in communion with the Church of England.” The Anglican Communion upholds and propagates the Catholic (meaning universal) and Apostolic faith and order as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer, and is bound together, not by a central authority, but by mutual loyalty sustained by common counsel of the Bishops in conference. The Church of England was founded by Christian missionaries in the second century. It was reformed under St. Augustine in the sixth century and severed ties with Roman Catholicism in the sixteenth century.
The foundation and cornerstone of the our Church is Jesus Christ. Anglicans believe that the Bible contains “all things necessary for salvation and is the rule and ultimate standard of faith.” It is with this authority, interpreted with the aid of reason (nurtured with God's grace) and tradition (the past history and wisdom of the people of God) that we appeal against false claims.
Anglicans state their faith, which is the teaching of the Scripture, in two ecumenical creeds: The Apostles' and Nicene Creeds. (See Book of Common Prayer, pp. 53 & 326) Both Creeds uphold God as Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The basic ministry of the Anglican Church is the ministry of the laity and the ordained ministries of bishops, priests, and deacons. All are called upon in the Great Commission to “preach the word in season and out of season” to all the world, and to continue Christ's ministry to those in need. The Church's ministry is also a ministry of the sacraments, the two essential ones being Baptism and the Holy Eucharist.