St. Michael’s is a traditional Anglican parish of Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, and a member of the Anglican Province of America, which is part of the worldwide Traditional Anglican movement.
Our Tradition is often called the "Continuing Church." We profess the orthodox Christian Faith as revealed to the Apostles, recorded in Holy Scripture, enshrined in the three Creeds and the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the ancient undivided Church, and received through the Church of England.
As the Orthodox Church of the West, traditional Anglicanism faithfully maintains the catholic and apostolic religion as expressed in the 1928 American Book of Common Prayer. Our Church believes in the fullness of the Christian Gospel and we celebrate the Seven Sacraments of the historic Catholic Church.
The Nicene CreedI believe in one God
the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God;
Begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God,
Light of Light,
Very God of very God;
Begotten, not made;
being of one substance with the Father;
By whom all things were made:
Who for us men and for our salvation
came down from heaven,
And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,
And was made man:
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered and was buried:
And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures:
And ascended into heaven,
And sits on the right hand of the Father:
And he shall come again, with glory,
to judge both the quick and the dead;
Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost,
The Lord, and Giver of Life,
Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son;
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
Who spake by the Prophets:
The parish of St. Michael’s Anglican Church is served by both clergy and lay leaders.
Fr. Bob Hawkins is our Rector, our parish priest; he has pastoral charge of our parish. Fr. Hawkins also serves the Anglican Province of America (APA) as Vicar General of the Diocese of the West (DOW), and head of the DOW Standing Committee.
Fr. Dan Squires is our Curate (Assistant Priest). He serves the APA as Chairman of the DOW Board of Examining Chaplains.
Fr. Vince Varnas is the priest of our mission church, Holy Angels Anglican Church. He is a member of the DOW Board of Examining Chaplains.
Our parish is governed by the Rector and a Vestry (board of directors) elected by the members of St. Michael’s at our Annual Meeting. The Rector serves as the president of the Vestry per our bylaws.
Dave Mahar was asked by Fr. Bob to serve as the Senior Warden (first vice-president) of the parish.
The Vestry elected a Junior Warden (second vice-president), a treasurer and a clerk from the Vestry.
St. Michael’s Anglican Church began as a Holy Spirit-driven thought in the mind of Fr. Bob when he was a postulant for Holy Orders at the Parish of St. Mark in Portland, Oregon.
With the support of Bishop James Stewart, Ordinary of the Diocese of the West, Anglican Church in America, and the approval of its Standing Committee, Fr. Bob, with his wife, Chris, children Matthew and Rachel, Dave Mahar and Jim Walraven, inaugurated St. Michael’s on December 19th, 2004. From the beginning, liturgy at St. Michael’s has emphasized music and plainchant to create a rich and worshipful environment.
Services were held in Fr. Hawkins home before moving to the Frog Pond Grange Hall on October 2, 2005. In August 2007 the small congregation began to grow. In 2008 the membership decided to affiliate with the Anglican Province of America, under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Walter Grundorf.
Fr. Bob was ordained as a Deacon by Bishop Grundorf on November 2, 2008, and the mission grew as inquirers found a small church family that worshipped in a high liturgical format, with an amazing musical ensemble, and a loving sense of fellowship.
Fr. Bob was ordained as a Priest on October 10, 2010. The mission hosted the Diocese of the West Synod in May 2011, at which time St. Michael’s was declared a parish, and Fr. Bob instituted its first Rector by Bishop Grundorf.
St. Michael’s today is a healthy, active parish, led by Fr. Bob and a talented vestry, with several outreach and mission-planting activities one would expect from a larger congregation.
This depiction of Saint Michael is from a stained glass window in Norwich Cathedral in Norfolk, England. A memorial, the window is dedicated to soldiers who fell in war.
In this image St. Michael is armed, reflecting his role as commander of the army of God against the forces of Satan, over whom he is victorious. The scales that he carries represent his job of weighing souls on Judgement Day.
In our Anglican tradition the job of naming a church is the duty of the founding priest. Fr. Hawkins, who served our country in the United States Marine Corps, chose St. Michael, the patron saint of the military, police officers, paramedics and firefighters. St. Michael is recognized as the guardian of the Church itself.
We celebrate the feast of St. Michael on Michelmas Day, September 29th.
To learn more about the window visit Norfolk Stained Glass.