Episcopal (Anglican) Community in Belgrade is a member of Province of Europe East. Province of Europe East is a member province of Anglican Free Communion.
The Anglican Free Communion is a confederation of independent and autocephalous Denominations or Churches exercising identity in particularity resulting from the autonomy of every individual Church.
EACH CHURCH :
– exists in harmony with one another and follows a spirituality and practice within an Anglican ethos.
– only accepts any form of centrality as part of a world-wide family of Churches
This ecclesial model is both catholic and protestant as understood in traditional terms
Each Province contains Churches or Denominations having their own jurisdiction and diocesan structures. Any Church having it’s own canonical organisation is named within that Province, the latter title being reserved to that of the Anglican Free Communion itself.
Where there is no Denominational title it is assumed that the Provinces are not only those of the Anglican Free Communion (a confederation or family of Churches) but are of the Episcopal Free Church. Some of these may also prefer to use the original title; the Free Protestant Episcopal Church or the Free Protestant Episcopal Church of England
The Anglican Free Communion – The Episcopal Free Church :
– is a group of Christians on pilgrimage to and in Jesus Christ
– possesses a spirituality which is inclusive, equitable and ecumenical
– rejoices in our freedom in Christ
– has an ecumenistic outlook
– possesses values of equity and inclusiveness
– promotes the Universal Human Rights Declaration
-seeks the promotion of a just society
– strives to make present the Kingdom of God – in present-time
– has an “Anglican ethos” as reflected in our diverse forms of worship
– our identities include : Anglo-Catholic, Charismatic, Evangelical, Latitudinarian and Liberal
– was founded as The Free Protestant Episcopal Church
– is a self-governing independent Anglican episcopal community worldwide
– consists of autonomous Provinces, comprising self-governing churches and families of churches
– respects all primates and leaders of the Christian world
– believes the Word of God (Old & New Testaments) contains all necessary for Salvation
– holds Apostolic and Sacramental Traditions as defined in the first four church councils
– accepts as symbols of the faith the Apostolic, Nicene and Athanasius Creeds
– holds Apostolic Succession
– is not subject to any primate beyond our jurisdiction or any European monarch
– rejects imperialism and violence (physical, economic, psychological or other).
Applying for Ministry
The Ordained and Lay Ministries are open to both men and women. Each province will have their own respective admission criteria based on the Constitution, and individual bishops will advise on selection and formation.
In the Province of Europe East basic requirement is for the attainment of a university degree in any subject. This provides evidence of a candidate’s academic ability and capability for further study.
In countries where the availability of advanced education and learning is difficult to obtain, decisions on a candidate’s suitability for Holy Orders may be locally decided.
Bishops and their advisers will ascertain how best to proceed in each individual case. Potential ordinands should have been baptised and confirmed in a church within the Apostolic Succession.
A Few Things that Describe Us…
1. We’re a community of faith – we passionately believe that Jesus gave us the Church and calls us, as believers, to be a part of his Church. According to Scripture, we can’t possibly be who we’re called to be as individuals without participating in the life of our Church community.
2. We believe that pure, unadulterated, self-giving, outreaching love covers a multitude of sins – the grace of God offered to us in the sacrificial love of Jesus through the Presence of the Holy Spirit means that divine love is closer to us than our sins will ever be, all we need to do is reach out and ask for it.
3. We worship God because we want to offer him something – our first and greatest work in this life is not found in the career we’ve chosen, in our hobbies, or even in our families; it’s found in how we respond to God’s gift of salvation. Our most important work is the worship we offer to God. Only then can our families, our careers, and our pastimes make any sense and receive the attention they deserve.
4. We are radically non-conformist – when the world prods us to relinquish our unique identity or mission in Christ, we lovingly explain that we’ve found something we’ll never give up.
5. We are Christians in the Anglican way – we’re not Anglicans because of some special or unique belief system. Anglicans simply believe the Bible to be the Word of God and affirm that belief through the Apostles and Nicene Creeds – that’s it.
6. We use the Book of Common Prayer as our guide in worship – the BCP allows us to pray God’s Word as worship. Because nearly 85% of the BCP is either direct quotation of Scripture or a paraphrase of Scripture – while the rest of points to Scriptural concepts – we don’t have to continually re-invent our way of worship.
TO BE ANGLICAN MEANS:
+ To be a part of Christ’s Church, without excluding or isolating yourself from other Christians.
+ To participate in the life of God’s people, with its happiness and sadness.
+ To belong to a community where all persons are respected for their individuality and can use their talents.
+ To demonstrate a theology based on the Holy Scriptures and on Tradition, coherent with intelligence and reason.
+ To be prepared to celebrate unity in diversity.
+ To take the Holy Scriptures seriously, without believing that every text must be understood literally.
+ To prefer freedom in Christ to sameness of opinion.
+ To feel devotion and reverence for the Sacraments, without trying to define each point concerning these mysteries.
+ To consider the ministry as the duty and privilege of all baptized people.
+ To be strong on morality (all that’s good and edifies) and to avoid moralism (that defines salvation as due to one’s conduct and not to the work of Christ).
+ To participate in the apostolic inheritance, faith in the Gospel of Christ.
+ To be part of an old and sacred history, which renews itself every day.
+ To believe that the Church belongs to all of us and everyone has the privilege of supporting it in accordance with the possibility of each one.
+ To participate in the administration and government of the Church under the established order.
+ To belong to an international, intercultural, and interracial family, that proclaims the Gospel worldwide. as commanded by Christ.
The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ
- Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God
- Teach, baptize and train new believers.
- Respond to human needs with loving service.
- Seek the transformation of unjust social structures.
- Strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and for the sustenance and renewal of life on earth.
We acknowledge with gratitude that the Five Marks (the “five marks of the mission” as developed by the Anglican Consultative Council between 1984 and 1990) have gained wide acceptance among Anglicans, and have given to parishes and dioceses around the world a “list” to verify the activities of the mission.
Protecting Vulnerable Adults
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
- Listen to what you say
- Treat you with dignity, respect and sensitivity
- Take action as necessary
What to do if you suspect or have witnessed someone being abused
- DO stay calm and listen to them
- DO take what you are being told seriously
- DO offer support to help stop the abuse happening
- DO be aware that medical or other evidence might be needed so keep the evidence safe
- DO make a written note of what you have been told
- DO contact Social Services or Police and your bishop
- Do NOT press the person for more details (these can be taken later)
- Do NOT assume that someone else is aware of the situation and will take action
- Do NOT contact the alleged abuser
- Do NOT promise to keep it a secret
- Do NOT be afraid to contact social services or police to discuss it
“A Bible- believing family church. Seeking to reach, teach and equip people to serve Jesus, through the proclamation of the Gospel.”
As a small church in Belgrade, we are striving to be ever increasing more effective for our Lord Jesus in our Community and County. The Key areas we are wanting to develop with the Lords help are:
We desire to grow in our daily relationship with our God, through a personal and vital relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. In all of our lives it is our aim to Glorify God through a Godly witness.
2) Bible Teaching.
We believe the Bible to be the Word of God to mankind. It is through the Bible that we hear God speak. It is our aim to make His Word known in all our activities and bring our people to a greater and deeper understanding of the Word of God.
As a church we recognize that all who join our church and who have a relationship with Jesus Christ, are part of the family of God. We are seeking to embrace all ages as a spiritual family and are striving to develop all the areas of our church life to embrace all ages.
It is our deep desire that people would come to see and believe that Jesus is God the Son and the only Rescuer for mankind. We are striving to make Jesus known through the sharing of this message with the prayer that many would repent of their independance of/indifference to God and put their trust in the person and work of Jesus as the only way to Heaven (John 3:16 ; 36).
When a person trusts Jesus Christ, it is our desire to disciple and assist them in their spiritual growth through Bible study and personal support and friendship.
Christians are saved to serve (Ephesians 2:8-10 ). It is our desire to equip our people to serve Jesus with their gifts and abilities. It is only through a proper understanding of the Bible that Christians are ready for service (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ).