You may become a member of St. Columb’s in several ways, depending on your experience with other Episcopal congregations or other denominations. However, you need not have ever been a church-goer before to become a member of our church. Here are the options for membership at St. Columb’s:
Confirmed Episcopalian communicants
Adults (persons over 16 years of age) who have been baptized and confirmed in, or received into, the Episcopal Church either by confirmation, reception, or letter of transfer from another Episcopal Church. If you are coming from another Episcopal Church, simply request a letter of transfer from your last parish, or contact our office and you can be enrolled as a member when that letter is received.
Persons baptized in any denomination, but not yet confirmed Episcopalian communicants
Persons of any age, active in the life of this parish through worship, giving, or program participation, baptized persons in any denomination, but not yet confirmed communicant in the Episcopal Church. Adults who have been baptized, and those with children ages 12 and older who have been baptized, and are interested in becoming a member of St. Columb’s through confirmation should contact the church office.
Persons not yet baptized
Adults and their children may join St. Columb’s by being baptized. You can find out more about baptism by talking with the priest.
Why become a member?
While everyone is welcome at St. Columb’s and invited to participate in the life of our community, becoming a member is an outward sign of commitment that formally joins you and your family with us in this parish. Membership does bring some additional benefits, but more importantly is a statement that you intend to become part of the parish in a deeper and more meaningful way. Only active members in good standing can vote at the annual meeting and be elected to the vestry.
Do I need to be confirmed to be a member?
To be a member in good standing in an Episcopal Church, you must be confirmed, attend and give regularly, and actively join in the life of the church. However, anyone can attend services and participate in programs and classes without being confirmed. Baptized persons of any denomination may also receive communion at St. Columb’s.
What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is a sacramental rite that enables adults and young adults to make their own profession of faith and be formally received into the Episcopal Church. An Inquirer’s Class (confirmation class) is essential as preparation for this step. Confirmation is held when the Bishop visits our parish, usually once a year.
What if I have been confirmed in another denomination?
If you have made an adult profession of faith in another Christian denomination, you may be received into the Episcopal Church. This is also done when the Bishop visits each year. For more information, contact the church office.
Joining St. Columb’s.
If you are interested in becoming a member of St. Columb’s please contact the office to receive a membership form. After we receive your completed form, we will contact you to discuss your options for membership and make a plan that meets your interests and needs.
We respect the dignity of all persons regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, or national origin and we welcome and encourage everyone to fully participate in all areas of parish life.