FAQ: WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN ORDER TO “JOIN” OUR CHURCH?
The short answer is: just show up! Above all, being a member of the body of Christ means participation in a community that is drawn ever more deeply into relationship with God and God’s people. However, making a formal commitment to membership in our life together is a joyful and gratifying experience. There is shared love and mutual support that blesses us when you join because what happens to one matters to all (1 Corinthians 12:26).
WHAT MEMBERSHIP MEANS
• We urge our members to SHARE THE JOY OF CORPORATE WORSHIP as often as possible. In our weekly Common Prayer we remember that God is the source of all that we are and all that we do. Our lives are, therefore, the breathing out of God’s grace into the world; a grace God breathed into us even before we were knit together in our mother’s wombs (Psalms 139:13).
• Members of this parish community commit to FOLLOW JESUS’ COMMAND TO LOVE God with our whole hearts and our neighbor as ourselves (Luke 10:27). This includes being tolerant and forgiving of one another and of others. In the words of our Baptismal Covenant, we promise to “respect the dignity of every human being.” Acknowledging that we don’t have all the answers about our church and our faith, we walk together, always seeking to learn from God and one another.
• As members we agree to OFFER OURSELVES to the church through our talents, time, and financial resources, helping to spread the message of Christ’s love, especially to the last, the lost, the least, and the littlest among us. Our new members are asked to participate in at least one of our Mission and Ministry Groups.
OUR MISSION is service and advocacy in Jesus’ name:
We are an open community
following Jesus’ call to feed the hungry,
clothe the naked, visit the prisoner,
and embrace the stranger among us,
seeing the image of God in all.
Those who are interested in learning more about the Episcopal branch of Jesus’ movement in this world and in making a formal commitment to membership at St. Thomas should reach out to our priest who would be happy to talk to you more about these exciting possibilities.