About Grace Anglican Church
“Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing…” William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, Ch. 7
In line with these heartfelt words, Grace Anglican Church offered its first service in its permanent location on East CR 462 in Wildwood, Florida on Thursday, November 26, 2015. The concept for Grace, however, had been developing since the winter of 2014, when Reverand R. Wayne Ogg, realized that there was a pressing need for a traditional Episcopal or Anglican church in the Wildwood area.
With the future in mind, the Church opened its doors on February 15, 2015 and offered its inaugural service in Father Wayne’s home. Given the support and interest in Grace, the Church purchased over two acres of property in Wildwood on June 19, 2015. Next plans were speedily developed to renovate the existing structure in order to hold religious services. A few short months later, Grace’s very first service in its beautifully reworked building took place on Thanksgiving Day.
The 1928 Book of Common Prayer is the liturgical guide of Grace Anglican Church. The well-loved language of prayer and contemplation evokes a spiritual response from Church members. In addition, Grace Anglican uses the 1940 Hymnal which contains many magnificent hymns of the Church. Composers such as J.S. Bach and R. Vaughan Williams have created incomparable hymns to the words of authors such as St. Thomas Aquinas, Rudyard Kipling and Harry Emerson Fosdick.
The heart of Grace Anglican Church is a warm and caring church family that comes together to pray and worship God as the Body of Christ. We are a Catholic church. By Catholic we mean that we are a Church of the Gospels. The Gospels refer to the historic Catholic Church:
announced by Christ in his preaching;
instituted by the Last Supper, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension;
confirmed by the anointing of the Holy Ghost on Pentecost.
Our branch of the Catholic Church of Jesus Christ is the Anglican Church. The word, Anglican, simply means “English” in the same way that we speak of the English language. Why is Grace Anglican? Grace is part of an international fellowship of Christian churches that were founded and nurtured by the missionary work of the Church of England. The Church of England itself emerged after Pope Pius IV separated it from the Church of Rome in 1570. The Church of England traces its beginnings back to the first century Christian mission to the British Islands.
From the colonization of this country by Great Britain, Anglicans were simply members of the Church of England. After the recognition of American independence at the Treaty of Paris in 1783, the Anglican Church in the United States became the Protestant Episcopal Church. These two words, “Protestant” and “Episcopal” are particularly meaningful. They underlined the continuity between the Church of England and the newly-named church in America. “Protestant” meant that this branch of the Church, like the Church of England, was not under the authority of the Bishop of Rome, i.e. the Pope. “Episcopal,” which derives from the Greek word for “bishops,” is a shorthand way of demonstrating the new American Church’s fidelity to the historic Catholic Church. In this way, the American Church announces its belief in and adherence to a Church created by the Gospels and faithfully led by ministers and bishops in full Apostolic succession with the Apostles.