Welcome to the Free Church of England.
It is the goal of The Free Church of England, to be a branch of the Holy Catholic Church that is Evangelical in zeal for the primacy of the Scriptures and the proclamation of the Gospel, Catholic in the expression of “the faith once delivered to the saints” and orthodox in doctrine and morals. We stand in the Anglican tradition and our worship is based on the historic liturgies of the Church of England. It is also our apostolic mission, through a well balanced approach to Christian formation, to enable all our people, ordained and lay, and especially our children and young people, to develop into effective ambassadors of Christ in the Church and in the world. We are committed by our constitution to seek and maintain communion with other Churches and therefore it is our firm desire to seek full sacramental communion and visible unity with other Christians who worship God as Trinity and who hold the Catholic and Apostolic Faith revealed in the Scriptures. In these times of realignment among Christians in the UK and globally our mission is to offer a home for all orthodox Christians (of Anglican or other backgrounds) who hold “that which was believed everywhere, always, and by all” (Vincent of Lerins), and, by a ministry of Word and Sacrament, to equip them to live and witness for Christ.
In response to requests from orthodox Anglicans in Australia, the Free Church of England has created a new jurisdiction in that country, to be known as The Reformed Episcopal Church in Australia (RECA).
On 17th January 2016, Bishop Primus chaired a meeting of Christians from Melbourne and Australia to formalise the results of over twelve months of negotiations which had been approved by the FCE’s General Council in the UK.
Following detailed discussions, a congregation has been licensed in Logan City, Brisbane, with the dedication of St James the Just. A further congregation is likely to be formed soon in Melbourne. The Revd Peter Maher was received into the ministry of the Free Church of England and conditionally ordained to the presbyterate.
The Logan City congregation, and any others to be formed, are to be registered as members of ‘The Reformed Episcopal Church in Australia (A jurisdiction of the Free Church of England (1844))’ to indicate their membership of the worldwide Reformed Episcopal family, as well as their particular link to the FCE within that family.
The meeting on 17th January voted unanimously to adopt the Jerusalem Declaration as an expression of commitment to the apostolic faith in its historic, Scriptural, Anglican expression. The RECA will be applying in due course for membership of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans in Australia