Glossary

  • Discipleship

    A commitment to following Jesus day by day

  • Ecumenism

    Relations with other churches, aiming at deeper unity

  • Electoral Roll

    A register of members of the Church of England in each parish who are entitled to elect the parochial church council and attend the annual parochial church meeting.

  • Eucharist

    An ancient name (from the Greek word for 'thanksgiving') widely used today for the service that is otherwise known as the Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper or Mass. 

  • Evensong

    A service of psalms, readings, and prayers in the evening (also called Evening Prayer).

  • Fresh Expressions

    Different ways of doing or being a church. This might be where they meet or how they worship designed to engage people who don't normally go to church

  • General Synod

    The 'Parliament' of the Church of England. The General Synod usually meets twice a year to debate and discuss matters of interest and to consider and approve amendments to Church legislation.

  • Hymn

    The praise of God in song, sung at a church service.

  • Icon

    An image (usually painted) of a biblical scene or person, or of a saint.

  • Incumbent

    The priest who is in charge of church life in a particular benefice. Depending on the parish his/her title may be Vicar, Rector or Priest-in-Charge