Who We Are

As Anglicans, we are a branch of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ. The word `Anglican' refers to our heritage and roots in the Church of England.

We uphold historic Catholic faith, Apostolic order, and Evangelical  witness as set forth in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.  Our services continue the dignified liturgy of this historic book.

Our faith is based on the Word of God found in Holy Scripture, as interpreted by the universally accepted Ecumenical Councils held by the whole Christian Church before any divisions took place. We have not changed these essentials to conform to modern, secularizing trends.

The center of our worship is the Holy Eucharist, also called Holy Communion, the Mass, the Lord's Supper and the Divine Liturgy. It is the only Service recorded in the new Testament as having been given by Jesus.

Our Worship is liturgical, involving the whole person, body, mind and spirit. This way we are active participants rather than just listeners. For Anglicans, worship goes from us to God, rather than from a preacher or choir to us.

Many Anglicans use various outward forms of devotion, such as kneeling or making the sign of the cross, to express our inward devotion. Such outward gestures are individual choices, used where they assist devotion and not used where they don't. Each worshiper should use those with which he is comfortable.

St Patrick Anglican Church is part of the Diocese of the Missouri Valley, the Anglican Church in America and the world wide Traditional Anglican Communion with jurisdictions in India, South Africa, Australia, South America, England, Ireland, Japan, Puerto Rico and Canada.