When Visitors Ask About Joining
When you decide to join this church it will be a big moment for you and for us.
We have a responsibility to see that you are made welcome and that you find a place in our midst where you can make friends and continue your spiritual journey.
In return, we ask that you make an effort to become involved in the church in ways that are meaningful for you. We ask three things:
- That you find a small group here that feeds your soul;
- That you join in the work of a committee of your choosing (many hands make quick work);
- That you support the church as you are able with your financial gifts.
When you are ready to join, contact a member of the Membership Committee. The membership process is this:
- Meet with the Membership Committee chair or representative for a brief discussion about the church, what you'd like from it, and where you might fit in.
- Meet with the minister.
- Attend two orientation sessions for newcomers. The next sessions are scheduled March 26 and April 16. Please plan on attending both. They are not mandatory but strongly recommended. If you cannot make the classes we can schedule individual sessions.
- Sign the membership book in the presence of the minister or another church officer.
- Participate in a New Member Ceremony where you will be officially welcomed into the church and introduced, along with other new members. The next New Member Ceremony will be Sunday, May 21. It will be followed by a luncheon.
- Within several weeks of the New Member Ceremony (or after you've become comfortable as a nonmember "friend of the church") you will be asked to make a financial pledge in support of the church. We ask that friends and members consider working toward a goal of 3 to 5 percent of income. Please know you are welcome whatever you can give.
Please inquire at the Visitor's Desk on Sunday for further information or call or email the Membership Chair ____________.
Note: Becoming a member is not absolutely required, but we encourage it. Some folks remain "friends of the church" for years, becoming just as involved as members. Remember that only members can vote in congregational elections. And only members are counted by the denomination in its annual survey. The more actual members we have, the more influence we can have as a liberal religious body in our own community and in the world.
—The Membership Committee
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