Membership at St. Paul’s

membership

Everyone is welcome to join our community! We believe that membership is more than having your name on the rolls. Membership teaches us what it means to live in community with one another and helps us to remain faithful in our life in Christ. We need each other to fulfill all that God calls us to be and do.

If you would like to make a formal commitment of membership and belonging in this community through baptism, a letter of transfer, confirmation, or reception, please fill out the Membership Information form. We regard it as an honor to be a part of your faith journey.

Q: What does it mean to be a member?

A: Members are people who have baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and:

  • Regularly attend worship (although we don’t take attendance). Our motivation should be from the love of God, not guilt. Worship orients us to seeing the world as God sees and dreams for it.
  • Commit to nurturing their own spirituality through education, service, and constant prayer.
  • Support the mission and ministry of the church through a financial commitment each year. There is no required amount, but the biblical standard is 10% of one’s income (tithe), and many members of St. Paul’s are committed to or working toward that amount.
  • Seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself.
  • Strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.
  • Let the love of Christ shine forth in your life—not just on Sunday, but every day.

Q: Do I need to be baptized to be a member?

A: Yes, and we would be happy to baptize you. Baptism marks the beginning of a new life in Christ and a commitment to grow in the spirit of Christ with God’s help. To become a member of any Episcopal Church, baptism is the first step. If you’ve never been baptized, we invite you to contact Mother Maria to learn about the sacrament of Baptism and how to become baptized or click here for more information,

Q: I’ve been baptized in a church other than St. Paul’s. Do I need to be baptized again?

A: Nope. Inform Mother Maria or complete a Connection Card in the pew. You will be recorded as a member of St. Paul’s. If your membership is recorded in another Episcopal parish, we will request a letter of transfer be sent on your behalf.

Q: What does it mean to be confirmed or received?

A: The service of reception is for those who have been both baptized and confirmed in another Christian denomination and who wish to become a member of the Episcopal Church. These persons will be “received” into the Episcopal Church at a service with a bishop.

Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. Confirmation is an “adult” affirmation of baptismal vows.