Anglican Communion

The Anglican Church of St Nicholas is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Church of England is the originator and mother church of the Communion. Archbishop of Canterbury is the spiritual head, ‘primus inter pares’, first among equals, of the other Primates of the various provinces.

The Anglican Communion is organized into diocese. The Church of England is made up of 42 Dioceses. Each of the dioceses has a structure of boards and councils responsible for different aspects of the Church’s work including ministry, mission and education.

The Anglican Church of St Nicholas is part of the Diocese in Europe, geographically the largest network of congregations (often referred to as ‘chaplaincies’) in the Church of England. Our Bishop Robert Innes has the episcopal oversight to the Diocese and represents the Archbishop of Canterbury with the Institutions of the European Union. Our Bishop David Hamid is the Suffragan Bishop in Europe and also Chair at the Porvoo Panel. We belong to the Archdeaconry of Germany and Northern Europe. Our Archdeacon is The Revd Canon Leslie Nathaniel.

Anglicans believe in the Trinity — that God exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that God’s supreme revelation to humankind is Jesus Christ, fully God and fully human, who was born, lived, died and rose again to reveal and offer to all people God’s love and salvation. God’s Spirit lives in us today, to guide, counsel, inspire and show us the right path.

The Anglican style of worship is liturgical and follows the traditional structure of the mass. It generally consists of two parts, the Service of the Word and the Service of the Sacrament. A typical Sunday service consists of Bible readings, prayers, hymns and a homily (a message from the priest or worship leader) and the service of Holy Communion.

You can learn more about the history of Anglicanism and the Church of England, what Anglicans believe and how they worship by visiting these sites:

The Anglican Communion
The Church of England

Sacraments on the alter