Anglican Church


Also Church of England.

The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England, the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the oldest among the communion's thirty-eight independent national and regional churches.

In South Africa it is commonly called the Anglican Church.

For a full history visit Wikipedia.

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa, formerly known as Church of the Province of Southern Africa (CPSA).

The Anglican Church in this Province was established in 1870 when its first Provincial Synod was held in Cape Town. It has grown over the years and now has 25 dioceses, found in the countries of Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mocambique, Namibia, South Africa and the island of St Helena (South Atlantic Island). It has a diverse membership of approximately 3 – 4 million people, speaking many languages and representing many cultures and races. In 1989 the Church produced its new An Anglican Prayer Book, 1989 which was simultaneously published in 6 languages. Today it is available in 9 of the languages spoken in these regions.

For more information visit their website.

There is a Guide to the Archives of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa included in the Historical Papers of the University of the Witwatersrand, click here to view.

As building type

A building designed for public worship by members of the Anglican community. There are three types of Anglican churches, the smallest being a chapel which is often for private family use. Then a church which is the place of worship for local congregations and cathedral which is the central church for a diocese and is presided over by a bishop.