'God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them' (1 John 4:16)
St. James, Caledon East is a church where all are welcomed and valued, a place where the love of God in Jesus Christ is both proclaimed and embodied.
As followers of Jesus, we are committed to spiritual growth to become the people God wants us to be. We aim to bring the teaching and example of Jesus into our everyday lives. As his church, we are called to be a foretaste, sign and instrument of the new creation God has promised.
The Anglican Church of Canada does not define its doctrine in a single confession. Our beliefs are articulated in our liturgies of the Book of Common Prayer and Book of Alternative Services, as well as in these selected statements:
- Anglican tradition affirms three historic creeds: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.
- The Solemn Declaration (1893) united the Anglican Church of Canada as a national church and defined its relationship to the worldwide Anglican Communion.
- The Lambeth Quadrilateral (1888) defined the commonalities of churches in the Anglican Communion and has also served as a basis for ecumenical discussion.
- The 39 Articles of Religion were a foundational document for the Church of England during the Reformation.
- Current work at General Synod is shaped by the Five Marks of Mission, used widely throughout the Anglican Communion.
We acknowledge that God is calling us to greater diversity of membership, wider participation in ministry and leadership, better stewardship in God’s creation and a stronger resolve in challenging attitudes and structures that cause injustice. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to respond to this call in love and service and so more fully live the life of Christ.
“While the Anglican Church is vindicated by its place in history, with a strikingly balanced witness to the gospel, to the Church and to sound learning, its greater vindication lies in pointing through its own history to something of which it is a fragment. Its credentials are its incompleteness, with the tension and travail in its soul. It is clumsy and untidy; it baffles neatness and logic. For it is sent not to commend itself as the “best type of Christianity”, but by its very brokenness to point to the universal Church wherein all have died.” (Michael Ramsey, former Archbishop of Canterbury)
'Within the Anglican Communion the accepted norms of authority are located first in the faith declared in Scripture, then in the safeguard of interpretation provided by the Catholic Creeds, and finally in the liturgical tradition of Prayer Book and Ordinal, both of which are essentials rooted in ways of worship much older than their sixteenth-century origin.' (Henry Chadwick, Anglican theologian)