Becoming a Member

welcome

Thank you for considering membership at St. John’s.  We are a dwelling place where love of God and love of neighbor are embraced and lived each day!   We love to serve!

Becoming a member --- Including Baptisms, Transfers, Confirmations and Receptions

“We receive you into the household of God.  Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.”
Book of Common Prayer, page 308

Baptism

Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.  Holy Baptism is appropriately administered within the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast. Read more on our Baptism page.

Confirmations and Receptions

Baptized members who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, the laying on of hands by our Bishop, Mark Beckwith, are asked to speak to Father Tim Carr.  Our custom is that St. John’s Church participates in the district confirmation service, which is held annually at Trinity and St. Philip Cathedral in the Easter season or shortly thereafter.  This service celebrates confirmation with other congregations, and is a sign of the wider dimension of the Church celebrating its baptismal membership as the Body of Christ. Read more on our Confirmation page.

Membership

Any person baptized at St. John’s is considered a baptized member.

Any person who is a parishioner in another Episcopal Church who wishes to become a member of the St. John’s Church may do so by requesting a letter of transfer from their previous parish.  See Fr. Tim if you need help.

Any person who is a member of another church in communion with the Episcopal Church (for example, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) and who wishes to become a member of our Church may do so by requesting transfer of membership from their previous congregation. If asked, Fr. Tim can help you with this task.

Any person who wishes to become a member of St. John’s and is not a parishioner in either another Episcopal Church or in a church in communion with the Episcopal Church may establish membership by having proof of their baptism recorded with our priest in the parish register.  Please speak with our priest about how to do this.

Membership in St. John’s Episcopal Church ends either with the death of a parishioner or with the transfer of a parishioner to another congregation.  Inactive members refer to those who have not participated in the life of the congregation in the previous year.

Members, also known as communicants, are considered active members, or communicants in good standing, if they have been faithful in corporate worship and faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Reign of God in the past year.

“No one shall be denied rights, status or access to an equal place in the life, worship, and governance of this Church because of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disabilities or age, except as otherwise specified by Canons.”  (Canon I.17.5) Other than minimum age requirements there are no barriers for full participation in the Episcopal Church or the life here at St. John’s.

Eligibility for Parish Offices and Voting

Communicants in good standing, that is, those persons who are members of the parish and have regularly participated in the worship life of the parish and have made regular contributions (either a pledge to the parish or regular, traceable, offerings) for the past year, and are sixteen years of age and over, are eligible to vote in parish elections and to hold office.

Fees

There are never fees for any of the Sacraments of the Church, including Baptism or Confirmation.