Who we are

The Emmaus Anglican Church community is:

A eucharistic community
We are shaped and formed by our practice of meeting at Jesus’ table to share in the bread and wine of communion; we are eucharistic because our identity is rooted as the Body of Christ broken for the sake of the world.

A baptismal community
We are a community that baptizes in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; we are a people that understand ourselves as called to live out that baptismal transformation as witnesses in our world.

A scriptured community
We are a community that gathers together around the Holy Scriptures because they tell the story of God and God’s people and it is there that we find the fullness of life; we speak, pray, hear and embody them in our common life.

A thoughtful community
We are a community that engages our minds in thoughtful reflection upon the Scriptures (theology); we try to speak and hear truthfully about ourselves, about God and about this world.

An expectant community
We are a community that expects God to act in our midst and so we are a people of imagination; we imagine and envision a community where the virtues and habits of faith challenge the vices of oppression, fear, violence, loneliness, exclusion and hatred.

A hospitable community
We are a community that engages in the ancient Christian practice of welcoming strangers in imitation of God’s welcome of all of us in Jesus Christ; we welcome, encourage, meet felt needs, and always ask ourselves, ‘who is left out’?

A community of stewardship
we are a community that seeks to bring all of our gifts and resources to bear on our common life together; we are also a community that recognizes our call to be stewards of God’s creation and so we seek to exercise the faithful practice of environmental stewardship to lessen our carbon footprint.

A failing community
We are a community that recognizes that we limp along and that we consistently fail in living out the above description; but we are a community that does not fear failure because we know we can fail well since we we are not in charge; rather we follow a loving and forgiving Lord who calls us-failures all-to follow him