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Littlewood UE Chapel is an affiliate of the United Episcopal Church (UECNA) under our Missionary Bishop, the Rt. Reverend 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.

Our usual weekly service is Family Prayer on Wednesdays & Fridays and Evening Prayer every Sunday afternoon. Holy Communion is ideally 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. Our ‘chapel’ 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. Mr. Paul Castellano. The Rev’d Castellano occasionally visits from southern California for the administration of Holy Communion. We advertise the Reverend’s expected visitations 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, exemplifying Christian private 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.

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

Our Services

Emboldened services are listed at the UECNA website.  Please call if you have questions!

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 lay-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. Evening Prayer is a foremost 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. When there is a fifth Sunday of the month, we have public Evening Prayer with a UE lay-reader.

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-meetings called Classes.

Classes 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 keeping “family and private prayer” was a providential ordinance 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 to their Prayer Book  a “Form of Prayer to be used in Families” (p. 587-600). Not only did such Forms concede the importance of private worship, especially where Anglicans lacked establishement but, combined with a General Rule, the enlarged family circle is more of a 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 or ‘chapels’, particularly in the Fremont & San Jose areas. Please visit or call to learn more.