Joining the Anglican Church

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  1. Templar

    Templar New Member

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    What are the steps to joining the Anglican Church? Please explain what I need to know.
     
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    Hi @Templar this can be hard or easy, and possibly depends on a few local variables.

    Step 1, is always to become part of a congregation. The worshipping community remains the heart and soul of the life of the Church.

    Step 2, depends a bit.
    • If you have been baptised in another tradition, where the clear practice is for baptism with water In the name of the Holy Trinity, that will most likely recognised and accepted. This aligns with our creedal affirmation 'we believe in one baptism', so we would not want to replicate that.
    • If you have not been baptised, then preparation for baptism and baptism are likely to be the next step.
    • If you are not sure, or there is some doubt, it may be that there would be a 'conditional' baptism, seeking not to re-do but to cover anything that might be missing.
    Step 3, with be to be received into the communion through Confirmation, and that service would likely be conducted by the Bishop.

    The person who will guide in the local arrangements will be the Parish Priest, so part of becoming part of a congregation will be to arrange a sit-down meeting with the Parish Priest and discuss the matter.

    Anyway, welcome as you join us on the journey.
     
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    I was a Roman Catholic so I did not have to be baptised or confirmed in the Anglican church but I was 'received' into the church by the Bishop, who had me reaffirm my baptismal promises. It was a lovely ceremony especially because I have really settled into the parish community. My priest is wonderful, the community is wonderful and our Bishop is wonderful.

    I think finding a community where you really feel at home is a good first step. Then get to know the community and the priest and discuss this with them. What happens next depends on whether or not you have already been baptised and confirmed.

    Welcome!
     
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    Greeting,

    Sorry to be so late with an update.

    After a great deal of reading and prayer after Easter I went throught confirmation classes in the Episcopal Church. Then on Pentacost Sunday I wasSine confirmed be the Bishop.

    See that I saw baptized at 12 in the Southern Baptist Church I did not have to be baptized again.

    I'm looking foward to life in Christ.
     
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    Welcome and well done.