“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone.” (Ephesians 2:19-20, NRSV version)
While membership to either congregation is not a requirement to be involved with and receive support from our communities of faith, you may feel called to further explore your faith and covenant your relationship with God and with God’s people. Membership happens at the congregational level, and is celebrated in worship and community.
Some become members of the Church as they grow up through Confirmation, a re-affirming of their baptism. Others who come from other congregations may transfer memberships between churches, often when moving to a new area. Others still profess their faith or are baptized as adults, if they are coming to affirm and celebrate their faith later in life.
In becoming a member, one is called to make “a credible profession of faith”, and the congregation is called to confirm their support for their fellow sibling in Christ. The United Church of Canada has a wealth of faith statements over generations, inherited ecumenical creeds, and new an renewed affirmations of faith (complex and simple) that can help put your relationship with God in the context of all God’s peoples. Ultimately, it is about wanting to celebrate one’s relationship with God, and finding a spiritual community with whom your faith can be affirmed, challenged, and cared for.
If you are wanting to explore the possibility of becoming a member of either congregation, or just want to start exploring the Holy Mystery that is our God, please contact our minister, Alex Jebson.