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the anglican church

St. John's is part of the Anglican Church of Australia and is located within the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. The Anglican Church is perhaps best thought of as the 'family' of churches having their historic origins in the Church of England and which maintains links to the Church of England and its leader, the Archbishop of Canterbury, presently The Most Revd and Rt. Hon. Juston Welby. Anglicans speak of being 'in communion' with all of those parishes and dioceses which share the same link, hence the term 'Anglican Communion'). There are about 70 million Anglicans worldwide, making the Anglican Communion the third largest Christian denomination after the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. The Anglican Church of Australia, whilst maintaining these historic links with the Church of England, is a church in its own right, with its own Archbishops and Bishops, constitution, and system of governance.

Click here to read the article "What it means to be an Anglican" on the Church of England web site

To find out more about our Diocese and the Anglican Communion, follow the links below.

  • The website of the Anglican Church in Australia
  • The website of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne
  • The website of the Church of England
  • A helpful article on 'What to Expect' for those attending a service of worship in an Anglican Church.
  • The Ship of Fools website, further proving that Anglicans have a sense of humour...
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