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
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
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.
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.
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.�
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.
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.