About Us

Knowing God’s Word, Building His People

Emmanuel Anglican Church exists to help people get to know God better. Our name ‘Emmanuel’ means ‘God with us’. It reminds us that in Jesus, God has come to be with his people. Today anybody can get to know God through reading and responding to what we learn about Jesus in the Bible.

At Emmanuel Anglican Church we seek to help people engage with the Bible through worship and ministry that takes the best of ancient and contemporary wisdom. We combine modern music with words used by the Anglican Church for centuries. Our approach to ministry is designed to be understandable to anybody, relevant to modern life – but rooted in the ancient traditions of the Christian Church.

Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation.

Article 6, Book of Common Prayer

Free Church of England

The Free Church of England wants to bring the good news of Jesus to people everywhere. We describe ourselves as ‘evangelical, liturgical and episcopal.’ This means that we seek to uphold and share the Biblical Gospel with people, and the ministry we use to do that is rooted in the Anglican way of being Church.

Many today are finding that the ancient Anglican way of being Church has refreshing wisdom, and can be enjoyed in ways that are relevant and contemporary. As a denomination we have a rich history – we seek to uphold the teachings of the Anglican Church as understood from the Reformation that gave us treasures such as the Book of Common Prayer.

Declaration of Principles

These Principles of the Free Church of England were adopted in 1927. They reflect an evangelical, reformed, catholic and episcopal vision of Christianity. Some of the material dates to 1854, and some of it was lifted from the Constitution of the Church of Ireland.

Principles

Many today are finding that the ancient Anglican way of being Church has refreshing wisdom, and can be enjoyed in ways that are relevant and contemporary. As a denomination we have a rich history – we seek to uphold the teachings of the Anglican Church as understood from the Reformation that gave us treasures such as the Book of Common Prayer.

    1. The Free Church of England otherwise called the Reformed Episcopal Church in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, holding “the faith once delivered unto the saints”, declares its belief in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the Word of God, and the sole Rule of Faith and Practice; in the creed “commonly called the Apostle’s Creed”; in the Divine institution of the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; and in the Doctrines of grace substantially as they are set forth in the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion.

 

    2. This Church recognises and adheres to Episcopacy, not as of Divine Right, but as a very ancient and desirable form of Church polity.

    3. This Church, retaining a Liturgy which shall not be repressive of freedom in prayer, accepts the Book of Common Prayer, as it was revised, prepared and recommended for use by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, A.D. 1785, reserving full liberty to alter, abridge, enlarge and amend the same, as may seem most conducive to the edification of the people, “provided that the substance of the faith be kept entire”.

 

    4. This Church condemns and rejects the following erroneous and strange doctrines as contrary to God’s Word:

    First, That the Church of Christ exists only in one order or form of ecclesiastical polity;

    Second, That Christian Ministers are “priests” in another sense than that in which all believers are “a royal priesthood”;

    Third, That the Lord’s Table is an altar on which the oblation of the Body and Blood of Christ is offered anew to the Father:

    Fourth, That the Presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper is a presence in the elements of Bread and Wine:

    Fifth, That Regeneration is inseparably connected with Baptism.

 

    In accordance with the liberty given in Clause 3 of the above Declaration of Principles, this Church accepts the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England, with such revisions as shall exclude sacerdotal doctrines and practices.

    This Church, as a Reformed and Protestant Church, doth hereby re-affirm its constant witness against all those innovations in Doctrine and Worship whereby the primitive Faith hath been from time to time defaced or overlaid, and which at the Reformation were disowned and rejected.

    This Church will maintain communion with all Christian Churches, and will set forward, so far as in it lieth, quietness, peace and love, among all Christian people.

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Kent, England

Located in beautiful Royal Tunbridge Wells, Emmanuel Anglican Church serves a community that includes many families with young children, professionals and retirees. Some people travel from nearby villages to worship with us – and some have moved into Tunbridge Wells to get to know one another better.

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Our address:

Number One Community Centre
1 Rowan Tree Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent, TN2 5PX

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