St. Michael’s is open to all people of any faith background or none at all. All are welcome to attend our worship services. There is no membership requirement. Come in any time to look around, sit and be still, pray for something your are concerned about. Attend a service or a concert.
Anyone who has been baptized in any Christian tradition or denomination is welcome to receive communion, the bread and wine of the Eucharist.
Anyone whose baptism has been recorded in the Parish Register of St. Michael’s is a member of St. Michael’s. It does not matter where you were baptized or in what tradition or denomination. Members who are sixteen years or older are considered adult members.
It is expected, but not required, that people who are over sixteen years of age will have made a mature, public affirmation of their commitment to Jesus Christ and affirmed the promises of the Baptismal covenant. This can take the form of being confirmed by a bishop of the Episcopal Church. If a person has made such mature, public affirmation in some other tradition, he or she may be received into the Episcopal church by the bishop.
To communicant is a person who is a member of the parish (because his or her baptism is recorded in the Parish Register) and who has received communion at least three times in the last year. A communicant who for the previous year has been faithful in participating in worship, unless for prevented for a good cause (illness, living in another state, etc.) and have been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of eh Kingdom of God are considered communicants in good standing.
Members entitled to vote at a parish meeting are those adult communicants who have met the criteria for being a communicant in good standing for the six months prior to the meeting.
So, if you would like to be an official member of St. Michael’s Parish, speak to our Rector, Bevan Stanley. If you can find your baptismal certificate bring a copy of it to the office, and we will record you in the Parish Register. If you are already a member of another Episcopal church, ask them to send us a form called “a Letter of Transfer.” If you have been a member of a church of another denomination, it would be courteous to let them know that you are transferring your membership, so that they know they no longer have a pastoral responsibility for you.
Much of this is arcane and confusion. Bevan is happy to answer any questions you may have about membership.