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Littlewood UE Chapel is an affiliate of the United Episcopal Church (UECNA). We are a lay-led Anglican ministry in Fremont CA with overlap in northern San Jose. Our chapel uses the standard 1928 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and a Revised translation of the King James Bible known as the 1901 American Bible (ASV). For music we use both the New Version Psalter, approved by King William III, as well as many hymns written by the older religious societies.

Our weekly service is Family Prayer on Wednesdays & Fridays and Evening Prayer every Sunday afternoon. Holy Communion is usually quarterly. We are flexible with children, employing baby-sitters as needed. See exact times below, or click ‘here‘.

In the United States, Anglicanism was the English Church reformed to its Primitive condition yet adapted to circumstances arising from American Independence. The United Episcopal Church continues that heritage with congregations across the country. The prochapel is a “little company” of United Episcopalians, and other Christians, having fellowship in the lower Bay Area and beyond.

Our home ministry receives sacrament support from the Rev’d Paul Castellano. The Rev’d Paul visits us from southern California, chiefly to administer Holy Communion. Fr. Paul is a sound church minister, and his expositional sermons are given ‘here‘. The prochapel usually publicizes Fr. Paul’s scheduled visits at our Events Page.

Our goal is to pursue scriptural holiness by regular study, prayer, and fellowship combined with a General Rule. This type of ‘method’ was common among pious Anglicans, so we share it with friends and visitors, intending to exemplify Christian private duties.

The fastest way to get involved is to ask about our weekly devotions. We’re available any time for visits and questions.

Please contact Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bartlett
cell: 408-564-2435
email: ueprochapel@gmail.com

Our Services

Private Services (in Fremont. please RSVP)

  • Wednesdays & Fridays 6pm, Class Meeting and/or Family Prayer
  • Sundays (every week) 4pm, Evening Prayer & Catechism
  • other Solemnities to be announced (e.g., Covenant Service, Love Feast)

Public Services (in San Jose. HC is Quarterly. See Calendar & Map):

  • Sunday (x 4/yr) 4pm, Holy Communion & Sermon

Our Belief

As an affiliate of UECNA, our doctrine is summed by the English Bible, Apostles’ Creed, Common Prayer Book, and 39-Articles. The 39-Articles is the oldest confession used by a Reformation church, so it tends to comprehend recent Protestant statements of belief. In England, educated laity who interpreted, or otherwise communicated, church teachings to the public gave assent to such standards as true to scripture. Consequently, the Articles are avowed by our Vicar and other official ministers in the UE.

The Apostles’ Creed, likewise, is derived from the truth of the Bible. While the 39-Articles tend to serve as ‘articles of peace’ among licensed and ordained men, the Creed is a baptismal profession common to all Christians, sufficient to lay-fellowship.

Our Rites

Our two main Rites are Evening Prayer and Class Meetings. Generally speaking, as a house church, our ceremony is predictably simple or “low“. We neither use vestments nor candles. Most rites consist of reading the Bible accompanied with song and mixed prayer.

Evening Prayer adds a bit more, reciting the Apostles’ Creed plus other liturgical responses. Evening Prayer is our principal connection to the English Church, and the daily order for Evening Prayer may be read in the first part of the Prayer Book (p. 29-36). Our use of Evening Prayer on the Lord’s Day helps those without a second duty (an afternoon service) better keep the Christian Sabbath.

Congregations with minimal (or “low”) ceremony often stress inward religion; meaning, they’re earnest about heartfelt conversion and the pursuit of holy life. During the 18th-century such low-church Anglicans might be called “methodistic”, partly due to their commitment to privately meet in small groups for encouragement and accountability.

A visible marker of that discipline was the Class Meeting. Classes were for Christians who had a form yet wanted the power of Godliness. To that end, Christians awakened to the danger of sin pledged to meet in small companies to pray, exhort, and watch one another in love, tending their mutual salvation by a Rule. This was the basic scheme of the Anglican Reverend Mr. John Wesley, who said, “The Gospel of Christ knows of no religion, but social; no holiness but social holiness.”

Methodistic influence among Anglicans was materially evidenced in 1789 when American Episcopalians added to their Prayer Book a “Form of Prayer to be used in Families” (p. 587-600). Anglicans, like Wesley, were serious about keeping domestic piety as a regular ordinance. Methodistic Anglicans typically met in private homes, often with spouses and close-kindred, and often classes grew from such family circles.

Our purpose is to use both public and private rites, like Evening Prayer and Class Meetings, to better keep our walk in the Christian Sabbath Day. Please join us as we grow in the knowledge and love of our Covenant God, Jehovah.