|(This is the invitation Brian and Amy Wolthuis sent to friends and neighbors in February of 2013 for the All Saints Anglican church plant.)
WHY another church in Holland?
As we continue our journey as community and neighbors in Holland, (now almost 11 years in!) we are taking the next steps to help lead a worshipping body committed to spiritual formation and justice. We realize that in many ways, Holland does not need another church; however, we are coming to see the place for a simple Eucharistic community. We will be specifically Anglican in leadership, liturgy, association, and practice. This will be evident in our worship, values, and shared rhythms.
In an attempt to describe our hopes for this Church, we share these values and practices that will be foundational to our life together. They have grown into us (by the kind hand of God) through years of our own walking, worshipping, and wrestling with failure and joyful “successes”. They also happen to be congruent with the character of the historical Church.
These values will guide and direct our communal, family, and individual rhythms:
- Spiritual formation (discipleship) in the character of Christ, leading to lives of service and mission—the structure of the church and organizational energy will bend toward this goal.
- Simplicity in gatherings and life. We will strive for minimal institution and programming.
- Unity–Honor and congruence with the historical and global church, cooperating with the ebb and flow of the Church calendar. We will also practice cooperation (non-competition) with other local churches.
- Love for other –Natural overflow of service, justice, generosity.
- Honor for and encouragement towards the contemplative life.
- Shared gifts expressed in community.
Which lead us to practices that allow God’s grace to be received into our lives. Some of those include:
- Communal and/or personal Daily prayer and practice of spiritual disciplines.
- Intentional and joyful Sabbath keeping & celebration of the goodness of God.
- Cooperation with and celebration of the liturgical calendar, learning from and delighting in many of the given holidays and feast days that the global and historical church celebrates.
- Simple, weekly, worship and thanksgiving gathering with celebration of the Eucharist (communion) as the focal point of our time and attention.
- Membership will be characterized by families or individuals creating and living out a formational rule of life.
- Communal discernment and support towards generous lives of love, service, and mission.