What is Anglicanism?
Anglicanism is the Christian faith that has been believed and practiced throughout the ages; it is the universal and Catholic faith expressed in the context of the English-speaking world. Contrary to popular myth, the Anglican church did not begin with King Henry VIII, although he did separate the church politically from Rome. Its history transcends certain reform movements and schisms.
Anglicans believe in the authority of Scripture as the standard above all standards, which is understood and applied by the Church throughout the ages. Anglicanism believes in apostolic authority that goes back to the time of Christ and his apostles; it adheres to the Catholic principle of being governed by bishops, priests, and deacons. Within Anglicanism, there are seven sacraments, while we maintain that the primary means of God’s grace exists in holy baptism and in the holy Eucharist. Prayer shapes our belief and worship.
Anglicanism seeks to “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 96:9), and our worship is traditional, reverent, and centered around Christ. We use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer as the foundation for our liturgy. Joining our voices with those of Christians throughout the centuries and all over the world, we sing traditional hymns with an organ or piano accompaniment. Though not everyone chooses to or is able to kneel, traditionally we kneel to pray, stand to sing and hear the Gospel, and sit to listen to God’s Word proclaimed. You can follow the service either in the Book of Common Prayer or in the liturgy booklet, both of which can be found in the hymn racks in each pew. For more information on Anglican worship, click here.
Can I take communion?
All believers who have been baptized in the name of the Triune God are welcome to take communion at St. Philip’s. If you have any questions about taking communion, please contact Father Wade Miller.
Where can I park?
While St. Philip’s does not have a dedicated parking lot of its own, there are many places to park nearby: Wilson Avenue, the gravel lot next to the Oddfellows’ Hall, Progress Street (on Saturday and Sunday only), and the city lot (free after 5 pm Monday – Saturday and all day on Sunday). It’s important not to park anywhere marked as Town of Blacksburg permit parking only or blocking driveways; cars parked in these spots without proper permits may be towed. On Wednesdays, parking on Wilson Avenue is allowed for church events, and the city lots are free after 5 pm.
Do you have a student ministry?
While we do not have a separate student ministry at this time, we welcome students from area colleges and universities to join us in our parish life through worship, study, and service opportunities. We’re a small but growing parish, so students have the opportunity to build relationships with others of all ages. Students may be especially interested in our Wednesday noon Eucharist, St. Dunstan’s Academy of Christian Studies, and Theology on Tap. Check out our calendar here.
How can I get involved at St. Philip’s?
There are a number of ways to serve at St. Philip’s. View our list of service opportunities on our volunteer and involvement page here. In addition, we also serve the community by supporting the Interfaith Food Pantry and the Pregnancy Resource Center.
How do I join St. Philip’s?
We typically welcome new members to St. Philip’s twice a year when our Bishop visits. We offer catechesis classes covering the basics of the Anglican faith in the months leading up to the Bishop’s visit. If you’re interested in joining St. Philip’s, please contact Father Miller.