Welcome to the Free Church of England.
It is the goal of The Free Church of England, to be a branch of the Holy Catholic Church that is Evangelical in zeal for the primacy of the Scriptures and the proclamation of the Gospel, Catholic in the expression of “the faith once delivered to the saints” and orthodox in doctrine and morals. We stand in the Anglican tradition and our worship is based on the historic liturgies of the Church of England.
It is also our apostolic mission, through a well balanced approach to Christian formation, to enable all our people, ordained and lay, and especially our children and young people, to develop into effective ambassadors of Christ in the Church and in the world.
We are committed by our constitution to seek and maintain communion with other Churches and therefore it is our firm desire to seek full sacramental communion and visible unity with other Christians who worship God as Trinity and who hold the Catholic and Apostolic Faith revealed in the Scriptures.
In these times of realignment among Christians in the UK and globally our mission is to offer a home for all orthodox Christians (of Anglican or other backgrounds) who hold “that which was believed everywhere, always, and by all” (Vincent of Lerins), and, by a ministry of Word and Sacrament, to equip them to live and witness for Christ.
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"The Preston Guardian" reported the union between St. David's Church and The Free Church of England. The Free Church of England, observed Dr. Vaughan (Bishop Primus), established in 1844, and The Reformed Episcopal Church, formed in 1873, and both united in 1927, rejoiced in this new fellowship. He brought greetings from brethren all over the world, especially from churches in England, Scotland, Canada and U.S.A. The word to day was "Unity is Strength".
In his sermon, the Bishop remarked that 2.000 years after the birth of Christ the question was still asked, "What is the Church?" In perils of modern life it seemed that incidentals were mistaken for fundamentals, and that incidentals were magnified until they became essentials.
Speaking of the mission of The Free Church of England, Dr. Vaughan declared: "We stand in the world as the friends of all, and the enemies of none, claiming the right to work and live in our on way, maintaining communion with all Christian Churches, and setting forward, so far as in our lives, goodness, peace, and love among Christian people"
After the reception service, there was a Communion service, in which several hundred people took part.
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What is the significance of Lent?
Early in the Church’s history, the major events in Christ’s life were observed with special observances, such as His birth, baptism, death, resurrection and ascension. As these observances developed, a period of time was set aside prior to the major events of Jesus’ birth and resurrection as a time of preparation. During Lent, the Church’s worship assumes a more penitential character. The color for the season is purple, a color often associated with penitence. The “Hymn of Praise” is omitted from the liturgy. The word “Alleluia” is usually omitted as well. By not using the alleluia–a joyful expression meaning “Praise the Lord”–until Easter, the Lenten season is clearly set apart as a distinct time from the rest of the year. Additionally, it forms a powerful contrast with the festive celebration of Jesus’ resurrection when our alleluias ring loud and clear. Finally, the penitential character of Lent is not its sole purpose. In the ancient Church, the weeks leading up to Easter were a time of intensive preparation of the candidates who were to be baptized at the Easter vigil on Holy Saturday. This time in the Church’s calendar was seen as an especially appropriate time for Baptism because of the relationship between Christ’s death and resurrection and our own in Holy Baptism (see Romans 6:1-11). This focus would suggest that the season of Lent serves not only as a time to meditate on the suffering that Christ endured on our behalf but also as an opportunity to reflect upon our own Baptism and what it means to live as a child of God.
Do we have to give up something for Lent as some other denominations require?
From the perspective of The Free Church of England, “giving something up for Lent” is entirely a matter of Christian freedom. It would be wrong, from our perspective, for the church to make some sort of “law” requiring its members to “give something up for Lent,” since the Scriptures themselves do not require this. If, on the other hand, a Christian wants to give something up for Lent as a way of remembering and personalizing the great sacrifice that Christ made on the cross for our sins, then that Christian is certainly free to do so–as long as he or she does not “judge” or “look down on” other Christians who do not choose to do this.