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 About us - our primary objects

Church Society exists to promote a biblical faith which shapes both the Church of England and the society in which we live for the sake of Christ. We invite you to join us in working for a biblical Church.

Church Society : for Bible, Church and Nation


What does Church Society stand for?

Our formal objectives.

The Bible

The Bible is God's word in which He reveals His own character, plan of salvation and will for mankind. A biblical faith will shape all areas of life but can be summarised as follows:

  • God is sovereign, we are created by Him and are completely subject to Him.
  • The Bible is utterly trustworthy and has all the authority of God its author.
  • The only way of salvation is through faith in Christ. Such faith is itself the gift of God.
  • Christians are to walk in step with the Holy Spirit, living for God in our daily lives, striving to be holy.

Such a faith is carefully expressed in the doctrinal standard of the Church of England (the 39 Articles of Religion) and in the liturgy entrusted to us after the Reformation.

The Church

In Scripture the Church is essentially local and universal. Wider structures exist to promote the mission and work of local churches, to facilitate fellowship and to provide a witness at different levels of society. These structures must not be allowed to detract from or drain the local church.

The Church should honour and respect its heritage of faith, not being blown about by the latest fads and fashions. Yet it must also be fresh and new in its love for Christ and in seeking to make the gospel known.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promises is faithful.
Hebrews 10.23

The Nation

Winston Churchill said "It is bad for a nation when it loses its faith."
The presence of a national church has been integral to the health and vitality of our nation.

Today we must work for a society where

  • the name of Christ is honoured
  • Christian faith and biblical standards are upheld
  • our laws and conventions are pleasing to God
  • we are free to worship and to live in accordance with Christ's commands.

You are the salt of the earth...
You are the light of the world.

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Our Primary Objectives

  1. To maintain the doctrine and worship of the Church of England as set forth in the 39 Articles of Religion, and the Book of Common Prayer, as reviewed and adopted in 1662, and to uphold the supreme and exclusive sufficiency and authority of Holy Scripture as containing all things necessary for salvation.
  2. To maintain the character of the Church of England as the National Church and also as one of the Reformed Churches of Christendom and in the case of the disestablishment of the Church of England to take such action as may be deemed by the Society to be best fitted to promote the objects of the foregoing sub-clause in such disestablished church or any branch thereof.
  3. To unite all members of the Church of England or of a Church within the Anglican Communion who desire to maintain the doctrine and worship of the Church of England on the basis of the foregoing sub-clauses.
  4. To resist all efforts to reinstate in the Church of England the sacrifice of the Mass, adoration of the Presence of Christ in or under the form of the consecrated elements, reservation of the Sacrament, cultus of the Virgin Mother of our Lord, Image worship, and all like usages renounced by the Church of England at the time of the Reformation.
  5. To promote or oppose or join in promoting or opposing legislative or other measures affecting or likely to affect any of the objects of the Society, and to contribute to or bear the expenses of any action or proceeding in any Court or in Parliament affecting any such objects.
  6. To promote friendly relations with other Protestant Churches, and to strive for reunion of Christendom on the basis of the supreme authority of Holy Scripture as God's Revelation of His will for man.

See a full list of the objectives of Church Society.

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