Church of England (Continuing)

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The Church of England (Continuing) is part of the Continuing Anglican Movement. The church was founded in England on 10 February 1994 at a meeting chaired by David Samuel held at St Mary's, Castle Street, Reading, in reaction to the use of the Alternative Service Book and to the ordination of women. The church holds to the unmodified Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of the Church of England and to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer which alone is used by its parishes for worship.

Although the church was widely discussed in Anglican circles at the time of its founding, it has not achieved significant growth since that time.

Four congregations are listed by the church as of 2013:[1]

The first bishop of the church was David Samuel, now retired and assistant bishop. He was succeeded by Edward Malcolm, minister of St Silas' Wolverhampton, who died on 17 November 2013.[2] The current presiding bishop is Edward J. Malcolm, minister of St Mary's, Reading. In addition, John Shearer serves as a freelance minister and there are several lay readers and preachers.

The episcopal succession of the church is from the mother Church of England through the following lineage of bishops:

The church holds an annual conference at Benson, Oxfordshire.

Since 2008 the church has regularly exhibited at the Christian Resources Exhibition at Esher, Surrey and elsewhere in England.

The church publishes a magazine called The Journal as well as other literature and books.


  1. ^ "Congregations". Church of England (Continuing). Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Edward Malcolm (obituary)". English Churchman. 13 December 2013.
  3. ^ Simpson, Peter (29 November 2013). "Church of England (Continuing) consecrate new bishop". English Churchman. Retrieved 19 December 2013.

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