How Do I Become a Member of St. Paul’s?
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you have a place at St. Paul’s. You may not even know why you decided to come. You might want to just sit and watch. Or perhaps you were baptized here as a baby and have never left the Church. You’re welcome to be a part of our community just as you are, whether you eventually become an official member or not.
The primary tool for becoming a member is the Parish Information Form. You can find this form HERE as well as from an usher in the Nave. This form is a way for you to provide us with your name, contact information, and the date that you were baptized (in any Christian denomination). Once you return that form to the church office and we have the date of your baptism on file, you can become a formal member of our church. But the real membership happens over time, as you participate in worship, special services, social activities, and service to our community and the world. Watch the Sunday service leaflet for endless opportunities to build community through participation in prayer, service, learning, and fellowship.
If you are an Episcopalian from another congregation, you will also have to contact your previous congregation and request a letter of transfer to St. Paul’s. The office can you help you with this.
If you were confirmed in another denomination or have made a mature proclamation of your faith, let us know that, too, with a date and location, if possible, and we’ll follow up with you.
If you have never been baptized but want to be, tell a member of the clergy. From January through May, we offer Journey which is our “catechumenal” process - the ancient path to baptism that dates back to the earliest centuries of Christianity. Journey is open to anyone who wants to participate and can prepare you for baptism or making a renewed proclamation of faith in the presence of our bishop.
We encourage our members to make a planned financial pledge to St. Paul’s. It’s not about paying for the show, and it’s not about paying dues to a club. Financial giving is a spiritual practice that helps us assess what we truly need and reminds us Who gave us what we have. If you’re not up for giving 10%, start by giving anything at all; just make a practice of giving something. You can place the enclosed pledge card in the offering plate or mail it to the church office.
We look forward to getting to know you and helping you live out your spiritual journey among us at St. Paul’s. We expect that we will all change and grow because of your presence among us.