What We Believe
As part of the Episcopal Church, we are part of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement and we’re following Jesus into loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God, with each other and with the earth. We are followers of Jesus Christ, and both our worship and our mission are in Christ’s name. In Jesus, we find that the nature of God is love, and through baptism, we share in his victory over sin and death.
We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion. All are welcome to find a spiritual home at St. Andrew’s.
We will always have questions, but in the two foundational statements of faith – the Apostles’ Creed used at baptism, and the Nicene Creed used at communion – we join Christians throughout the ages in affirming our faith in the one God who created us, redeemed us, and sanctifies us.
The Bible is our foundation, understood through tradition and reason, containing all things necessary for salvation. Our worship is filled with Scripture from beginning to end. We worship using the Book of Common Prayer, which is a treasure chest full of devotional and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity. We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer.
The promises we make in our Baptismal Covenant are reminders that we are not yet perfect, that we are called to move deeper in our faith and make a difference in our world. We do so together as the church, always professing that we will indeed live into our baptismal vows as followers of Christ, but always “with God’s help.”
Holy Communion is the family meal for Christians and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. As such, all persons who have been baptized, and are therefore part of the extended family that is the Church, are welcome to receive the bread and wine, and be in communion with God and each other.
As part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, we recognize with gratitude the Five Marks of Mission, developed by the Anglican Consultative Council between 1984 and 1990:
To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
To respond to human need by loving service
To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
We are a part of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina.
101 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC 28403
Office Phone: (910) 256-3034
Office Fax: (910) 256-2101
Monday - Thursday 9 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9 am - 12 pm