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The Free Reformed Churches of Australia (FRCA) are a federation of 16 congregations,FRCA Church Details 14 in Western Australia, two in Tasmania and a home-congregation in Cairns. At the start of 2016 the total membership was 4663.Cumulative statistic sourced from Yearbook 2016 for the Free Reformed Churches Their historical roots are in the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (Liberated) as a result of post-World War II immigration, and their doctrinal roots are in the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation and the Bible. The first congregation was in Armadale, Western Australia, founded in 1951.

Doctrine

As a confessional church, the churches subscribe to the Three Forms of Unity: Canons of Dort, Belgic Confession and the Heidelberg Catechism.
The churches submit to the following three creeds as summaries of the faith: The Apostles Creed, The Nicene Creed, and The Athanasian Creed.

Churches

The FRCA has the following churchesFRCA Church Details in Western Australia, in order of institution:
  • Armadale - instituted 24 June 1951
  • Albany - instituted 14 December 1952
  • Kelmscott (daughter of Armadale) - instituted 1 January 1981
  • Byford (daughter of Armadale) - instituted 27 January 1985
  • Mount Nasura (formerly known as Bedfordale; daughter of Kelmscott) - instituted 1 December 1987
  • Rockingham (daughter of Byford) - instituted 6 September 1992
  • West Albany (daughter of Albany) - instituted 6 August 1994
  • Southern River (formerly known as West Kelmscott; daughter of Kelmscott) - instituted 29 November 1998
  • Bunbury - instituted 25 November 2001
  • Darling Downs (daughter of Byford and Armadale) - instituted 6 July 2003
  • Baldivis (daughter of Rockingham) - instituted 1 July 2007
  • Mundijong (daughter of Byford) - instituted 6 December 2009
  • Busselton (daughter of Bunbury) - instituted 27 March 2011.
  • Melville (daughter of Southern River) - instituted 2 February 2014.
  • There is a home-congregation in Cairns, Queensland, overseen by Armadale.FRC Cairns
and the following churches in Tasmania:
  • Launceston - instituted 15 February 1953
  • Legana (daughter of Launceston) - instituted 4 December 1988

Sister Relationships

The Free Reformed Churches of Australia have sister-church relationships withFRCA Sister Churches
  • Canadian and American Reformed Churches
  • Free Reformed Churches of South Africa (Die Vrye Gereformeerde Kerke in Suid-Afrika,http://www.vgk.org.za)
  • Presbyterian Church in Korea (Koshin)
  • Reformed Churches in Indonesia (Gereja Gereja Reformasi di Indonesia, NTT)
  • Reformed Churches of New Zealand
  • First Evangelical Reformed Church of SingaporeFirst Evangelical Reformed Church Singapore
Sister church relations with the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (Liberated) (Gereformeerde Kerken vrijgemaakt) were suspendedPress Release of FRCA Synod Baldivis 2015, Week 1 at FRCA Synod Baldivis in June 2015, and terminatedhttp://synod.frca.org.au/2018/acts/PressRelease_FRCA_SynodBunbury2018.pdf Press Release of FRCA Synod Bunbury 2018 at FRCA Synod Bunbury in June 2018.

Mission

Their local churches are actively engaged in mission work in several locations in Asia and the Pacific, including Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. They have particularly close ties with the Canadian and American Reformed Churches, and many of their ministers have received their theological training at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary.

See also

  • List of Presbyterian and Reformed denominations in Australia

  • External links

    • Official web site for the Free Reformed Churches of Australia
    • Free Reformed Church of Southern River (Western Australia)
    Category:Reformed denominations in Oceania
    Category:Christian denominations in Australia
    Category:1951 establishments in Australia
    Category:Calvinist denominations established in the 20th century
    Category:Christian organizations established in 1951
     
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