Our Anglican Identity
We are committed to following Jesus Christ through the demonstration and proclamation of the Good News of the Gospel to the whole creation. Our way of life is founded on Holy Scripture and the pattern of the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church”. The Scripture is “God’s Word written”, affirmed in the creeds of the historic church, and are interpreted in light of Christian tradition. To be an Anglican, then, is not to embrace a unique version of Christianity, but a distinct way of being a “Mere Christian,” at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.
Our Anglican Practice
We are a liturgical people, responding to God and to one another. We live and worship in the ebb and flow of the historical Church calendar. Our pattern of daily prayer and sacramental worship incorporates everyone as participants, actively engaging the best of the ancient Christian faith. We find great strength and comfort praying and worshipping in congruence with millions of other Christians, both globally and historically
Our Anglican covering
All Saints Holland emerged in the winter of 2012 as a small group of families and a deacon gathering in an upper room chapel in a converted garage for simple Sunday worship informed by the liturgy in The Book of Common Prayer. In 2013, with our newly ordained priest and a few more families, our gatherings became a weekly Eucharist, daily morning prayers, and daily evening vespers. More families joined us; also college students, young singles, empty-nesters, and retirees. Our few families had become many and so we began to form purposeful fellowships to care for one another.
In 2018, it was clear we needed more space for weekly worship, so we moved our Sunday Eucharist down the street to a 100-year old sanctuary; some of our gatherings and meetings, our offices, and daily prayers remained in the garage-chapel. The heart of our life together was still centered in living rooms, lingering in parks or driveways, and over cups of coffee and dinner tables.
In 2020, to accommodate a growing staff and to refocus the chapel building as a place of prayer and spiritual formation, the church
office moved to share a renovated office above a great pizza joint.
Our Vision and Values
Hospitality is the front door to faith, the living room that we grow in, and the workbench for evangelism. We share life together in a living community which encourages communion, mutual care, and a variety of gifts. We swap our stories and pray, we eat together, celebrate and mourn together, and we serve together.
Baptism is birth into the body of Christ. By it, the Holy Spirit scrubs our sin and guilt and makes us new. That’s a lot, but that’s not all. It gives you an instant family. When someone is baptized, regardless of their age, a promise is made. As we do life together, we fulfill the promises of God in Baptism, to bring us all home.
We abide in God’s presence daily,
prayerfully honoring and encouraging an
uncomplicated, contemplative, and creative everyday life.
Relationships are the foundation for
love and essential for maturity in Christ
— they are the network that the Holy
Spirit moves through. And so, we gather
in smaller groups to talk, pray, listen,
and encourage one another so we can
continually align our lives with God’s.
We also grow and learn more formally
through the Catechism (a fancy word for
learning stuff about being a Christian),
and by incorporating habits and practices (rule of life/disciplines) that help us
grow and be transformed.
When we gather for worship, we enter together into the presence of God by giving thanks (Eucharist). We worship through the Word (feeding on the Bible) and Sacrament (nourished by Christ in Holy Communion) - and are sent back into the world again. Eucharist is joyful feasting on bread and wine-the body and blood of Christ given for us, and received in faith. It is Jesus offering himself to us, so that we may live and love fully and freely.
After you’ve been baptized (joined the family) and catechized (shaped by living and learning ‘the stuff’ of being a Christian) you may be ready to receive another gift from the Holy Spirit. In Confirmation, we make a mature profession of faith (before the Bishop and congregation) and publicly renew the vows and promises made at baptism. The Bishop lays on hands, prays, and we are blessed and empowered to live and serve as a full disciple. We are people who seek to grow up into the full measure of Christ (Eph. 4:13). Confirmation is like being ordained for a life of Christian mission. And mission is right where we are, right now.
Ordination (Holy Orders) is a vocation and formation process that culminates in the laying on of the bishop’s hands with prayer, confirming the gifts and calling of the candidates, consecrating them, and granting them authority to serve Christ and his Church as a deacon or priest. As a local church, we are committed to grow healthy servant leaders within our community of formation, and we have a Curacy to shape leaders for faithful, ordained service to Christ and His church.
Jason Mejeur, Senior Warden