We are a new Anglican mission in Amherst, MA. We started as a house mission in the summer of 2009 and we are now meeting on Sunday nights at 7:00 PM in the conference room at First Baptist Church in Amherst.
As Anglican Christians we are
Evangelical: We believe the Good News of Jesus Christ to be the Gospel of Life and Salvation for the whole world and believe that all persons are called into a personal relationship with the Living God in Jesus Christ. As a mission minded church family, we believe that we are commissioned and empowered by the Holy Spirit to make Jesus Christ, (through our witness of the Faith, public testimony, our daily ministry, and through Word & Sacrament), a living and present reality in the lives of those whom we daily encounter. Our faith, moral beliefs, worship, preaching and teaching are grounded in God’s holy Word. As evangelical Christians we proclaim Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth and the Life and the only means of salvation for humankind.
Reformed: We believe in the primacy and authority of the Holy Bible over and within the Church, emphasizing God’s Word in our worship, preaching and teaching. We humbly submit ourselves to the transforming power of the Holy Scriptures as Divinely inspired, containing all things necessary to Salvation and believe it is not lawful for the Church to proclaim any thing that is contrary to God’s Word written, nor is it lawful for any one part of the Church to alter the Evangelical Faith or Catholic Order of the whole Church unilaterally. Furthermore, we proclaim that Salvation is a free gift of God given by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Spirit-filled: We believe that Christian life is, by definition, new life in the Holy Spirit. We fully understand our Faith and ministry as gifts from God and evidence of the Spirit’s power and presence among us. It is the Holy Spirit who draws us into the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; in whom we daily encounter the Living God. Apart from the Holy Spirit, we can not be born anew in Christ and our labors are in vain.
Orthodox: We profess the Faith once delivered to the Saints. We believe our Faith to be at one with the holy Faith of the undivided Catholic Church of the first Christian Millennium before the sad divisions within the Christian Church and believe our contemporary worship, in Word and Sacrament, to be in direct continuity with the Church of all ages and places. The word ‘orthodox’ means right belief in God and right worship of God. Therefore, we offer the authentic historic Faith and worship of the ancient Church for today’s world.
Catholic: We have retained, proclaim and celebrate the same Holy Scriptures, Creeds, Councils, moral teachings, Sacraments (i.e., Holy Baptism & Holy Communion), and Orders of Ministry (those of Bishop, Priest, and Deacon) as that of the undivided Catholic Church of the first Christian Millennium. The word ‘Catholic’ [Greek, katholikos] means Universal or Whole. Therefore, we proclaim the whole doctrine, moral teaching, discipline and worship of the Universal Church as traditionally received within the Anglican Communion and articulated in the classical Anglican Formularies (the Thirty-Nine Articles, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and Ordinal, and the Lambeth Quadrilateral). Believing Christian life to be sacramental, we celebrate all seven Sacraments, i.e., the two Dominical Sacraments and the five Sacramental Rites of the Catholic Church.
Believers in the Sanctity of Human Life: We are fully committed to the Biblical and Catholic view of the Sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception until natural death.
Apostolic: By our faithfulness to the above, we seek to present the teaching, mission, worship and fellowship of the Apostolic Church to today’s world.
Our Statement of Faith
St. Michael & All Angels Anglican Mission, (aka, St. Michael’s) is a new Christian faith community in the Five College Area seeking to worship God in Spirit and in Truth, and to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. As a Mission of The Anglican Church in North America, we are wholly committed to upholding orthodox Christianity. Our life, witness, preaching and teaching is grounded in the Evangelical (Biblical) Faith and Catholic Order of the undivided Church during the first ages of its existence. We believe in the primacy of Scripture, affirming its authority and entire trustworthiness. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God containing all things necessary for our salvation and therefore the primary source for doctrine, discipline and worship. Holy Tradition (e.g., the writings of the early Church Fathers and the Faith and Moral Decrees of the Seven Ecumenical Councils) enables us to enter more fully into the wondrous depth and sacred mystery of God’s Holy Word as understood and received in the early centuries of the Church.
Our Christian faith is about a personal relationship with the Living God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who pours divine life and love into our hearts, enabling us to share in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Just as the power of the Holy Spirit brought the Good News alive for the original disciples, so the Holy Spirit transforms us personally and corporately through a life-changing revelation of the Truth in Jesus Christ.
Because God has placed the truth of his Word within our hearts, we are called to be bearers of his Good News. As we continue to respond to God’s transforming love, we desire to be a powerful witness of God’s truth, saving love, forgiveness and mercy, both inside the church as well as outside the church, through discipleship, outreach, evangelism and church-planting.
These beliefs, commitments and desires are central to the faith and witness of our church family.
To enable all persons in Faith, through Word and Sacrament, to become partakers in the life of God the Father, in Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit.
To proclaim, preach and teach, with authority and conviction, the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Gospel of Life and Salvation, leading persons into a living Faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
To unite persons in Faith to the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the saving waters of Holy Baptism and to continually nourish this new life through Spirit-filled ministry, Christian fellowship, preaching, teaching and worship, and above all by partaking regularly of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in the Lord’s Supper.
Is Biblically based (evangelical), Spirit-filled (charismatic) and fully Sacramental (catholic).
Believing that Jesus comes and speaks to us in Scripture, the Sermon and the Consecrated Bread and Wine, we are a church with a vital worship experience; we are people who believe the words spoken and sung, and we let it show by our enthusiasm.