Welcome to St. John's Anglican Church

Please join us on Sundays at 9:00 am for Holy Communion.

We are meeting at Memorial United Methodist Church

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St. John’s Anglican Church in Virginia Beach is a traditional Anglican parish within the Anglican Catholic Church (ACC), which is part of the "continuing Anglican" movement. See below: What is the “Continuing Anglican” movement?

What does it mean to be Anglican Catholic?

We are Anglicans because our roots are in the Church of England. We worship in the Anglican tradition and use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.

Many people mistakenly believe that because "Catholic" is in our name, we are affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. However, we are Catholic because we are part of what the Nicene Creed calls the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ and his apostles, and we continue in the Catholic and Apostolic faith of the Undivided Church of the first 1,000 years of Christian history. 

To quote our Book of Common Prayer, “The Church is the Body of which Jesus Christ is the Head, and all baptized people are the members.” And “the Church is One; because it is one Body under one Head; Holy; because the Holy Spirit dwells in it, and sanctifies its members; Catholic; because it is universal, holding earnestly the Faith for all time, in all countries, and for all people; and is sent to preach the Gospel to the whole world; Apostolic; because it continues steadfastly in the Apostles' teaching and fellowship.”

 

What is the “Continuing Anglican” movement?   There are dozens of church bodies worldwide which consider themselves part of the Anglican Church, but which are not in communion with the See of Canterbury. The term for these Anglican Churches is “continuing Anglicans,” meaning they are “continuing” in the traditional Anglican faith and practices, while not being part of, or in communion with, The Church of England.

In 1977 an international congress of nearly 2000 Anglican bishops, clergy, and lay people met in St. Louis, Missouri in response to actions taken by the Episcopal Church (USA), that represented a move away from the apostolic faith as understood within the Anglican tradition.
From that 1977 gathering, the Anglican Catholic Church was born.

To read more about the formation of the Anglican Catholic Church, and the “continuing Anglican” movement, go to the Anglican Catholic Church website:
More on the Continuing Anglican Movement