Definition of Low Church in English:

Low Church


  • Of or adhering to a tradition within the Anglican Church (and some other denominations) that is Protestant in outlook and gives relatively little emphasis to ritual, sacraments, and the authority of the clergy.

    • ‘The party was noted for its devotion to free trade, unfettered capitalism and the Low Church Protestant God (not necessarily in that order.)’
    • ‘The brothers ' father was also an Anglican bishop of Low Church or Evangelical faith.’
    • ‘Yes, to church they all go, not caring much, perhaps, whether the vicar preached Calvinism or Arminianism, was doctrinal or practical, logical or rhetorical, High Church or Low Church.’
    • ‘So whilst the High Church people were reaching down, the Low Church people in a musical sense anyway, were reaching up to feed their traditions.’
    • ‘Well the Oxford Movement generated great hymns, but then so did its opposition Evangelical or Low Church movement.’
    • ‘The ' Authorized Version ' arose out of a conference at Hampton Court, convened by James I in 1604, between the High Church and Low Church parties.’
    • ‘They didn't like the Catholics, they didn't like the High Church or the Low Church Anglicans, and they didn't go along with Calvinism.’
    • ‘He combined a Catholic devotion to the sacraments of the Church with a Pentecostal welcoming of healings, ecstasies and Low Church spontaneity.’
    • ‘It would be like talking about Christianity as embracing the Ku Klux Klan and Low Church Anglicans in Melbourne.’


  • [treated as singular or plural] The principles or adherents of the Low Church.

    • ‘Ryle, for example, pointedly contrasts High and Low Church approaches to religion.’
    • ‘He became Low Church in order to marry his rich wife who, now dead, has left him with one daughter, Dorothy.’
    • ‘The 65% figure given above is based on the totally arbitrary assumption that half the Anglicans are High Church, near Catholics, and half are Low Church, near Protestants.’
    • ‘They want to continue their Low Church practices in peace.’


Low Church

/ˈlō ˈˌCHərCH/