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St. Thomas' Episcopal Church
315 Lindsey Street • Reidsville, N.C.

MEMBERSHIP

If you are already an Episcopalian  |  If you are from another Anglican Province

If you are from another denomination  |  If you have not been baptized

If you wish to be confirmed or received  |  Members in good standing


Welcome to St. Thomas!  It is not necessary to formally join the parish in order to fully participate in worship, attend classes, take part in social and other activities, and support the various ministries of the parish.  If, however, as you grow in your life in Christ and would like to join with us in a formal way, we hope you will contact the rector or the parish office.

 

If you are already an Episcopalian:

If you are a member of another Episcopal congregation, or were ever confirmed in the Episcopal Church, you can transfer your membership.  Simply provide the church office with the name and location of your previous parish, and the approximate dates of your attendance there (or the approximate date of your confirmation), and we will gladly begin the process.

 

If you are from another Anglican province:

If you are a confirmed “Anglican” from, for example, the Church of England, provide the parish office with your date and place of birth, date and place of baptism, confirmation date and the name of the bishop.

 

If you are a member of another denomination:

If you were baptized with water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in any Christian denomination, you may become a “baptized” member of St. Thomas.  Provide the parish office with your date of birth and the date and place of your baptism.

 

If you have not been baptized:

Speak with the rector to arrange a baptism.  Typically, baptisms are done during regularly scheduled services on the feast days specified in the Book of Common Prayer, and occasionally on other Sundays.  Anyone baptized at St. Thomas is a “baptized member.”

 

If you wish to be confirmed or received:

The Book of Common Prayer defines Confirmation as “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.”  St. Thomas offers youth confirmation and adult inquirer’s classes.  Any baptized adult and any baptized youth in the eighth grade or higher is eligible.  Persons confirmed in another denomination by a bishop in the apostolic succession (usually Roman Catholic or Orthodox) are “received” by the bishop rather than confirmed.  Those who have been confirmed or received are “confirmed communicants.”  Speak with the rector or notify the church office if you are interested in confirmation or reception.

 

Members in good standing:

The Canons of the Episcopal Church states:  “All Communicants of this Church who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God, are to be considered communicants in good standing.”

Worship is at the center of our life as a Christian community.  We are called each Sunday to gather in God’s name to proclaim and respond to God’s word, pray for the world and the Church, exchange the peace, break bread, share the gifts of God, and join in fellowship. 

Being part of a community of faith involves living out our baptismal vows.  We are called to participate, through the activities of the church, in the life of the parish and in the greater community beyond.  Through this participation we begin to understand our gifts and offer them to God and God’s people everywhere.

God is generous, giving us time, abilities, and material resources.  God calls us to share these gifts in many ways, including the financial support of the ministry of Jesus Christ through St. Thomas’ Church and the wider Church.  Members are asked to commit to this support through and annual pledge.

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