Church of the Redeemer seeks to blend the richness of 2,000 years of Christian history with an understanding of how it relates to our everyday lives.In all that we do, our desire is to help people grow in living out a relationship with Jesus Christ.
We hope that wherever you are in your spiritual journey you will feel welcomed here. If you have any questions about our church, please contact us at (651) 321-8012 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We have provided the answers to some frequently asked questions below.
What does it mean that you are an Anglican Church?
The Anglican Church is a communion of churches that traces its history to the English Reformation. At Church of the Redeemer, our Anglican identity is most visible in our forms of worship and in our respect for the beliefs and practices of the historical Christian faith.
What do you believe?
For Anglicans the details of our doctrinal beliefs are found in The Book of Common Prayer (we have copies to borrow). In the Book of Common Prayer you will find the ancient creeds (p. 301, 358, 864) and the 39 Articles of Religion (p. 867-876). These creeds and the 39 Articles articulate our belief in the authority of scripture, the divinity of Christ, and the bodily resurrection (among other things).
Why do you use a liturgy and where did it come from?
We use a liturgy because it helps to root us in the ancient patterns of worship found in the early church and likewise joins us with Christians both locally and globally who worship in the same manner. Much of our current Anglican liturgy is derived from that which was written and compiled by Thomas Cranmer, an English reformer of the 16th Century.
Why do you take communion every week?
We take communion each week in obedience to Jesus’ command to his disciples at the Last Supper (see Luke 22:14-20) and consistent with the practice of Christians for centuries since then. We believe that as we partake of communion in faith we are built up and strengthened in our walk with God (see John 6:47-59). Celebrating communion every week centers us in the objective truth of Christ’s death and resurrection. To learn more about our views on Communion, please see the handout on Baptism & Communion at Church of the Redeemer.
Why do you baptize babies and give children communion?
It is our belief that children should be welcomed into the community of faith as Jesus taught when he said, “Let the little children come to me.” To learn more about our view of baptism and communion, please read our handout on Baptism & Communion at Church of the Redeemer.
What ministries do you have for children?
Please read about our children’s ministry here. Children of all ages are always welcomed in our services. We greatly value the blessing of children and we want our church to be a place where children encounter the presence of God.
Are you going to ask me for money?
If you are visiting Church of the Redeemer and still deciding whether you want to get involved, please feel no obligation to give. However if you see Church of the Redeemer as your home church, we encourage you to consider giving to the ministry of the church. We say this not only because we need the giving in order to sustain our ministries, but also because giving is a essential component of growing in Christ.