Resources

The Resource Centre is a centralized online hub containing links to resources produced by the Anglican Church of Canada. New resources are uploaded on a regular basis and may be viewed by topic, keyword and/or audience.

The varied collection of church resources available through this web page includes liturgical materials, prayer and worship texts, policy documents, committee reports, ecumenical and interfaith resources, and information about the church and its different ministries. Scroll down to browse different topics or find what you’re looking for in the search bar below.

This section of the website is currently under development. We welcome your questions and comments at [email protected].

Congregational Vitality

This resource category consists of an annotated list of initiatives in congregational vitality found in Anglican and Lutheran churches across Canada. The initiatives listed here include complex and expensive programs as well as initiatives that are free and simple to implement. This resource is intended to support both lay and ordained leaders who are looking for different approaches to strengthening the lives of their worshipping communities.

Popular Resources

Liturgical Texts Online

The Book of Alternative Services (BAS) and supplementary resources are now available for download. In 2009, the Council of General Synod authorized the online publication of these texts. The goals are to assist liturgy planners and to encourage future web-based work of liturgical text development.

‘This Holy Estate’: The Report of the Commission on the Marriage Canon

Full report from the Commission on the Marriage Canon, which includes: background and terms of reference; input from the broad consultation; details on whether a proposed motion blessing same-sex marriage would contravene the Solemn Declaration of 1893, as well as the question of a conscience clause; biblical and theological rational for a change in teaching on … Continued

Compendium of the Church Mice

The Compendium of the Church Mice is a creative year-long Sunday school curriculum that weaves in the Marks of Mission. It is one of several projects emerging from General Synod’s Marks of Mission initiative.

Jerusalem Sunday resources

A central location for all resources and information on Jerusalem Sunday. Includes videos, prayers, liturgical resources, and photos from the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.

Our beliefs

Mission statement of the Anglican Church of Canada, describing its main beliefs and listing the primary liturgies and selected statements that define those beliefs.

Archives in the Anglican Church of Canada

Directory for Canadian Anglican archives across the country, including General Synod archives and archives for dioceses and ecclesiastical provinces. Contains contact information and chief archivist for each.

Texts for trial use and feedback

The General Synod of 2010 mandated Faith, Worship, and Ministry to establish a Liturgy Task Force to work on the revision of our contemporary language liturgical texts.

Anglican Indian and Eskimo Residential Schools

List of Indian and Eskimo residential schools adminstered by the Anglican Church of Canada, with the location and lifespan of each school and its authorized enrolment. Links are provided with information on each school.

New Resources

Forming Mission Shaped Ministries

This initiative supports experimental activities that explore what it means to participate in God’s mission in the world today. It aims to promote a different way of being church at the individual, congregational and synodical levels, emphasizing reciprocal relationships with neighbours.

Back to Church Sunday/Season of Invitation

This initiative is designed to equip and encourage lay people to invite people to church for specific Sunday services each year. The program includes invitation postcards and posters, usually customized by each diocese. Training videos are available on the Season of Invitation website. Can be done in conjunction with the Spirit of Invitation six-week program.

R. Alex Sim Rural Ministry Symposium

A series of workshops over three days for clergy and lay leaders in rural pastoral charges and parishes who are actively seeking information and guidance to help them in providing leadership in current rapid transition. Also for theological students needing training in these areas.

Messy Church

Designed to reach young families who have not had a church experience as well as those families for whom traditional Sunday morning church is not appropriate. Most Messy Churches gather once a month in a church, usually on a day other than Sunday, and use a Biblical story as the theme of the gathering.

Vital Church Planting Conference

Provide an opportunity for those interested in mission and church planting to learn from each other. An annual 3-day conference in Toronto focussed on mission and church planting, with a different theme each year.

Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry

The objective of this initiative is to equip clergy and lay leaders in rural and remote places to help their churches be catalysts for the development of healthy Canadian communities. A resource centre for rural ministry, it includes offering a Doctor of Ministry in Rural Ministry and Community Development by distance with short courses on site. Also offers certificates for lay leaders in faith and rural life and in rural stress intervention. Includes Clinical Pastoral Education in rural settings. Also hosts conferences every two years, with approximately 60 people attending. Includes a focus on reconciliation and friendship building with First Nations.

Alpha

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions to explore questions with food, a talk and open discussion. Each session looks at a different question and is designed to create conversation. Designed to be offered in any kind of context (coffee shops, churches, homes, bars).

Spirit of Invitation/Invited

A six-part series for small groups on exploring “genuine Christian invitation.” The resource consists of videos and print material. Each session lasts about 2 hours and follows a format of opening prayers, focus question & group discussion, Scripture study, reflection, video content (about 5 to 12 minutes), concluding reflection and prayer.

Christian Foundations

The Christian Foundations course is an introduction to the good news of the gospel and an overview of the Bible, church history, key Christian beliefs, and core practices of the faith.