Being in Community
Joining a congregation is all about being in community with other people of faith. At St. Matthew's there are many ways to become involved. You don't have to be a member to worship with us or participate in many of our community activities.
Membership in a Christian community (called a congregation) is one way that we support each other in our life in Christ. If you're interested in joining us, there are two ways to become a member of our community:
"Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore, we ahve been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life."
Baptism is the entrance rite of the entire Christian church. There are different traditions and beliefs surrounding it, but being baptized is what makes one a member of the Christian community.
When you express your desire to be baptized as an adult, you will be invited to join the community of St. Matthew's to learn more about the Christian faith and life. You will meet with the pastor and others to learn more about the baptized life and what it means to live among God's faithful people, to hear the Word of God and share in the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion), to proclaim the good news of God in Christ, to serve all people and to strive for justice and peace in all the world. You will be asked to profess the faith of the church and renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God.
When you express your desire to have your child baptized, you will be asked to make certain promises to raise your children in the Christian faith and life. Later, your children can attend Confirmation class where they will learn more about their faith and be given the opportunity to confirm that they will continue in the promises you make for them at baptism.
No matter what age you are when you are baptized, the church promises to support you as you grow in the life of faith. The Rite of Holy Baptism takes place within a regular worship service of the congregation so that the gathered people of God can welcome you into God's family.
If you are already a baptized member of another Christian community and would like to transfer your membership to St. Matthew's, you will need to talk with the pastor about having your church records moved. This is usually a simple paperwork process.