To glorify Jesus Christ by joyfully proclaiming ‘ancient faith for today’s world.’
WORSHIP Worshiping the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit through liturgy under the anointing and leading of the Holy Spirit.
PRAYER Making prayer the heartbeat and centre of all we are and do, giving life to the body and ensuring vibrant health and fruitfulness.
ORTHODOXY Living in fidelity to the Faith contained in the Holy Scriptures and handed down to us by the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
MISSION Joining God in his great mission of redemption by proclaiming the good news of the kingdom in word, deed and sacrament, and calling all people to discipleship in Jesus’ name.
HEALING Pursuing emotional, spiritual and physical healing through the redeeming, sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit.
COMMUNITY Being a growing, committed, welcoming and happy family where people are loved, cared for, supported, encouraged and strengthened in their faith.
EQUIPPING Helping every baptized person become more like Christ and discover a meaningful place of service.
ANGLICANISM Counting ourselves in the lineage of the Anglican way and united to the universal Church through the worldwide Anglican Communion.
St. Matthew’s identifies with the world-wide Anglican Communion, which is a branch of Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church comprising over 80 million members in 44 regional and national member churches (called Provinces) around the globe in over 160 countries. Our connection to the Anglican Communion is provided by oversight from The Most Rev’d Gregory Venables, Archbishop of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone.
ANGLICAN CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA (ACNA)
The Anglican Church in North America is a new emerging province of the Anglican Communion, comprised of over 750 parishes and 100,000 members in Canada and the United States. The ACNA is organized into multiple dioceses (networks and clusters of churches), each guided by an overseeing bishop.
By God’s grace, the ACNA seeks to be:
Biblical – We look to the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life.
Catholic – We affirm the historic faith of the undivided church as declared in the three Catholic Creeds: the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian. Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, we affirm the teaching of the first four Councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth and seventh Councils, in so far as they are agreeable to the Holy Scriptures.
Sacramental – We confess Baptism and the Supper of the Lord to be Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself in the Gospel, and thus to be ministered with unfailing use of His words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him.
Episcopal – We believe that the godly historic Episcopate as an inherent part of the apostolic faith and practice, and is therefore integral to the fullness and unity of the Body of Christ.
Anglican – We honour the Anglican Book of Common Prayer as a standard of liturgical worship and the Thirty-Nine Articles as expressing the Anglican response to certain doctrinal issues present at the time of the Reformation.
ANGLICAN NETWORK IN CANADA (ANiC)
St. Matthew’s is a parish within the ACNA diocese called the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC). Our diocesan bishop is the Right Rev’d Donald Harvey. The suffragen bishop for Western Canada is the Right Rev’d Dr Trevor Walters.
ABBOTSFORD CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP NETWORK
At the local level, Saint Matthew’s believes in working with Christians of all denominations to promote unity and to spread the good news about Jesus. Therefore, we work with the Abbotsford Christian Leadership Network, which exists to unite the whole church and to love the whole city with the whole gospel.