The Prayer Book Society of Canada was founded in 1986 by a group of Anglicans, both clergy and lay people, who were concerned at the introduction of new alternative services which were in some parishes entirely displacing the use of the Book of Common Prayer. And although the BCP remains the official standard of worship and doctrine of the Anglican Church of Canada, many of the new services were (and are) at odds with the Prayer Book’s insistence upon the authority of Scripture and orthodox Christian teaching.
The Society upholds the maintenance of the Prayer Book as the official standard of doctrine and worship in the Anglican Church of Canada (while supporting a modest amount of flexibility as may be sensible and locally appropriate). It seeks to foster a rediscovery of the classical Anglican way of worship, devotion and reading of Scripture, as embodied in the Book of Common Prayer.
The aims and objectives of the PBSC are to promote the understanding and use of the Book of Common Prayer as a spiritual system of nurture for life in Christ, and
- To participate in the evangelisation of Canada;
- To foster rediscovery and deepen awareness of the Book of Common Prayer and the doctrine that it teaches;
- To serve as a resource for those who may be unfamiliar with traditional theology but who desire to grow as faithful, believing and informed communicants of the Anglican Church of Canada.
As one of the largest national organizations within the Anglican Church in Canada, the Prayer Book Society enjoys an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to faithful Christian witness in this country.
The Prayer Book Society of Canada is organized into local branches and institutes. Local branches sponsor activities, hold regular meetings and publish newsletters.
You can participate in the Prayer Book Society of Canada by attending programs and events in your area, and through a financial contribution. Include the Society and its objectives in your prayers. Explore this website. Contact the nearest branch. See our catalogues of articles, pamphlets and online materials. Book one of our speakers. Watch for new PBSC teaching programs.
The National Council of the Prayer Book Society of Canada is responsible for governing the society, and includes the officers, branch representatives, and councillors. See the constitution for information on the government of the society and the election of officers and councillors.
Officers and councillors of the Prayer Book Society of Canada
For information about branch representatives, please contact the branches concerned (see the Local Branches page).
The Rev. Gordon Maitland
The Rev. David Curry
Mr. Michael Edward
The Rev. Dr. James I. Packer
Mrs. Anne Chisholm
The Ven. Richard Spencer
National Membership Secretary
Mr. Ronald Bentley
National Recording Secretary
Mr. Pat Bryan
Port Hope, ON
The Rev. Walter Hannam
Lieutenant Colonel, the Rev. Canon Todd C. Meaker, SSC
The Rev. Andrew Nussey
Mr. Peter Bentley
Dr. Patricia Radcliffe
Mr. Desmond Scotchmer
Mrs. Wendy Warren
The Rev. David A. Harris
Past National Chairman
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Stephen Andrews
Diocese of Algoma, ON