The Anglican Parish of St Stephen the Martyr is a member of the Diocese of New Westminster, which is part of the Anglican Church of Canada. The Anglican Church of Canada is a member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
The Anglican tradition developed in the 16th century, during the Protestant Reformation, when the Church in England broke ties with the authority of Rome and established an independent existence. British colonists brought their Christian practice around the world and to what is now Canada, holding worship on an English ship in Hudson’s Bay in 1578, and eventually establishing churches from sea to sea to sea. Today, the Anglican Church of Canada is an independent, self-governing church in communion with the other 44 churches of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
We are a tradition learning to repent of the damage of our colonial past, rejoice in the diversity of our present, and hope for a future marked with Christ’s love.
The Anglican tradition supports our spiritual life in three ways: