WELCOME

Littlewood UE Chapel is an affiliate of the United Episcopal Church (UECNA) under the Missionary Bishop, the Rt. Reverend Mr. Peter Robinson. We are a lay-led Anglican ministry in Fremont CA with overlap in northern San Jose. Our family circle uses the standard 1928 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and a Revised translation of the King James Bible (ASV). For music we use the New Version Psalter, approved by King William III, as well as many hymns borrowed from the old religious societies.

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. Our ‘chapel’ is a little company of United Episcopalians, and other Christians, having fellowship in the lower Bay Area and beyond.

Our usual weekly service is Family Prayer on Wednesdays & Fridays and Evening Prayer every Sunday afternoon. Holy Communion is Quarterly, when possible, with the Rev. Mr. Paul Castellano occasionally traveling from southern California for its administration. We are flexible with children, employing baby-sitters as needed. Scroll below for exact worship times, or go to our Events Page.

Our goal is to pursue scriptural holiness by public and private worship with regular study, prayer, and fellowship, using a General Rule as an evangelical help. This type of ‘method’ was common among pious Anglicans, so we share it with friends and visitors, exemplifying Christian duties.

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

Return Address
Contact: Mr. Charles Bartlett
cell: 408-564-2435
email: ueprochapel@gmail.com

Our Services

Below is our worship schedule. Public services happen when an approved UE minister is available. Ideally, we do Holy Communion upon the Quarterly visits by our Priest, and, when a fifth Sunday occurs, we publicly enjoy Evening Prayer by a liscensed UE lay-reader. Otherwise, our Protestant lay-fellowship meets privately, exhorting freely ‘house to house’.   

Private Services (in Fremont. please RSVP)

  • Wednesdays & Fridays (every week) 6pm, Family Prayer & Song*
  • Sundays (every week except fifth Sunday) 4pm, Evening prayer & Catechism*
  • other Solemnities to be announced (e.g., Covenant Service, Love Feast)

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

  • Sunday (~ x4/ yr.) 4pm, Holy Communion & Sermon*
  • Sunday (every fifth Sunday) 4pm, Evening Prayer & Catechism

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, well-suited to a free Protestant fellowship.

Our Rites

Our two main Rites are Evening Prayer and Class Meetings. Generally speaking, as a home fellowship, 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. For lay-fellowships like ourselves, Evening Prayer ties our worship to the historical English Church. Its daily order can be read in the first-half of the Prayer Book (p. 29-36).

In the past, Evening Prayer was a typical part of Sunday worship. Consequently, householders without a second duty (an afternoon service) may attend our altar to better keep the Christian Sabbath, hallowing our Sundays unto the Lord.

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 “methodistical”, partly due to their reliance on fellowship or societal-meetings called Classes.

Class Meetings were for awakened Christians who had an external form of Religion, yet realized the need for an inward motion of Godliness. To that end, Christians sensible of 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 societal Rule. So, the Rev. John Wesley said, “The Gospel of Christ knows of no religion, but social; no holiness but social holiness.”

Methodistic Anglicans believed “family and private prayer” were prudential ordinances of God, partly capable of Reforming the Church. Due to the destitute condition of the English church following the American Revolution, the Episcopal Church in 1789 added a “Form of Prayer to be used in Families” (p. 587-600) to their Prayer Book. Not only did such Forms concede the importance of private worship, especially where Anglicans lacked establishment, but, when used with a General Rule, the enlarged family circle becomes a kind of societal Class-Meeting.

Our purpose is to use Rites, like Evening Prayer and Class-Meetings, for the prosperity of our souls. We hope to encourage other families and individuals to do the same, forming their own classes and/or ‘chapels’, particularly in the Fremont & San Jose areas. Please visit or call to learn more.

Bartlett Family Circle
call: 408-564-2435
email: ueprochapel@gmail.com