The Archdiocese of the River Valley

High Church

The term “High Church” refers to beliefs and practices of Christian ecclesiology, liturgy, and theology that emphasize “ritual, priestly authority, and sacraments.” Although used in connection with various Christian traditions, the term originated in and has been principally associated with the Anglican tradition, where it describes churches using several ritual practices associated in the popular mind with Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.
These churches stress liturgy and sacrament in worship, as well as emphasize ritualistic worship.

Low Church

Low Church refers to those who give little emphasis to ritual. The term is most often used in a liturgical sense, denoting a Protestant emphasis, whereas “high church” denotes an emphasis on ritual.
The term was initially derogatory. During the series of doctrinal and ecclesiastic challenges to the established church in the 17th century, commentators and others, who favored the theology, worship, and hierarchical structure of Anglicanism (such as the episcopate) as the true form of Christianity began referring to that outlook (and the related practices) as “high church“, and by the early 18th century those theologians and politicians who sought more reform in the church and a greater liberalization of church structure, were in contrast called “low church.”

Broad Church

Broad Church” as an expression is now increasingly replaced by references in the Church of England to “liberalism.” However, the definition of Broad Church is as follows: a group, organization, or set of beliefs that include a wide range of different opinions or ideas.
These churches stress the message of Jesus Christ more than ritualistic means of worship. Less emphasis is placed on the use of vestments by the clergy. However, the two primary sacraments (Baptism and the Holy Eucharist) are maintained.
The Archdiocese of the River Valley serves as the administrative center for the African Episcopal Church. Our Archdiocese is extraterritorial in scope. Where there is no established Diocese in an area, the Archdiocese of the River Valley serves as the diocesan center.

Celebrating Grace:
The Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist at the Archdiocese of the River Valley

At the heart of the Archdiocese of the River Valley, the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Eucharist stand as profound symbols of grace, faith, and communal unity. These sacred rites, deeply rooted in the traditions of the African Episcopal Church, are more than mere ceremonies—they are transformative experiences that mark the spiritual milestones of our faith journey.

Embracing the Spirit of the African Episcopal Church

The African Episcopal Church, with its profound history and commitment to spiritual and social upliftment, provides the foundational ethos for Archdiocese of the Rriver Valley. Rooted in a legacy that dates back to the late 18th century, the African Episcopal Church has always championed the cause of justice, education, and community service. This enduring spirit of resilience and faith is mirrored in the mission of ArchDriver Valley.

Cultural Heritage and Community Empowerment

The Archdiocese of the River Valley is more than just a place of worship; it is a hub for cultural celebration and community engagement. In line with the African Episcopal Church’s emphasis on preserving and promoting African heritage, we host a variety of cultural events, workshops, and educational programs. These initiatives aim to empower individuals, celebrate our rich history, and foster a sense of belonging and pride within the community.

Educational Programs and Youth Engagement

Education is a cornerstone of our mission at the Archdiocese of the River Valley. We offer a range of educational programs for all ages, focusing on spiritual growth, academic excellence, and life skills development. Our youth programs are particularly robust, providing a safe and nurturing environment where young people can learn, grow, and thrive. Through mentorship, tutoring, and extracurricular activities, we strive to equip our youth with the tools they need to succeed and become future leaders.