Who Are We?
Our vision is to be a Christ-centred, outreaching community of faith. Because we are grateful that God has welcomed us into his family we want church to be welcoming, enjoyable and relevant part of your life also.
We have about 400 active members of all ages meeting during the week in homes and on Sundays in six different congregations each expressing the same beliefs but in a different style.
Who can come to an Anglican service?
Anyone! You don't need to be an Anglican or even a Christian to come along. (Holy Communion, a ceremony which takes place during many of our services, is technically restricted to baptised Christians). Attending a service doesn't commit you to anything. We will try to be friendly, but that's all. You can become a Christian at your own pace.
We don't charge membership fees. There is some ceremony in some of our services, but we don't have secret initiation rites or anything scary. We don't even have a dress code - if there was it would be "tidy casual."
What We Believe
We are Christians. We believe that God is a Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that Jesus was God the Son in human form. We believe that God wants an intimate relationship with all people but our self-centred lives get in the way. By sending Jesus to die on the cross 2000 years ago, God paved the way for the barriers of sin and selfishness to be removed. If we believe that he is the Son of God and rose from the dead we can find purpose in living and enjoy the intimacy with God that we were created for.
The Anglican Church is an organisation with branches in 164 countries and a total of about 78 million members worldwide. The national Churches have a good deal of autonomy, but all recognise the spiritual leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury (Canterbury in England, not Canterbury in New Zealand), and they talk to each other via a body called the Anglican Consultative Council. Also, all Anglican bishops come together at the Lambeth Conference, held every ten years.
There are many differences between individual Anglican churches, but we hold four things in common:
(a) The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as "containing all things necessary to salvation," and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith.
(b) The Apostles' Creed, as the Baptismal Symbol; and the Nicene Creed, as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
(c) The two Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself--Baptism and the Supper of the Lord--ministered with unfailing use of Christ's words of Institution, and of the elements ordained by Him.
(d) The Historic Episcopate, locally adapted in the methods of its administration to the varying needs of the nations and peoples called of God into the Unity of His Church.
The Anglican Parish of Rangiora is a diverse family of New Zealanders who enjoy having God in the centre of our lives. We have been coming together in the Anglican tradition since the 1850s to focus on God (worship), to help each other and to help our communities.
As part of the Diocese of Christchurch we are lead spiritually by our Vicar, Toby Behan under the oversight of our bishop.