Membership Means Ministry
All members of the Church are called to share in the ministry of the Church, according to their gifts. The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.
Your ministry is a gift. We ask you to explore paths of ministry that bring you joy, in Christ’s service.
The Four Ways to Become A Member of St. George's
Any person who has received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit in the Episcopal Church or in any other Christian Church may become a member of St. George’s by completing a New Member Registration form and returning it to the Parish Office. You will be invited to receive a blessing at a service on a New Member Sunday.
2. LETTER OF TRANSFER
Any person who has been a member of another Episcopal church or any other part of the Anglican Communion may become a member of this parish by indicating on the New Member Registration form that a Letter of Transfer should be sent to their former church. You will be invited to receive a blessing at a service on a New Member Sunday.
3. HOLY BAPTISM
Holy Baptism is administered to adults and to the children of parents who are members who seek a relationship with Christ in the fellowship of St. George’s. We celebrate Holy Baptism around the times of Easter, Pentecost, All Saints Sunday, the feast of the Baptism of our Lord, and on other Sundays as scheduled by the Rector. For more information on becoming a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church, please contact the Parish Office or talk with The Rev’d Gary K. Sturni, Rector.
4. CONFIRMATION OR RECEPTION
In the Episcopal Church it is expected that all adult members will, after appropriate instruction, make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and will be Confirmed or Received by a Bishop of the Church. Confirmation or Reception grants one the privilege of voting in parish business sessions.
- One of our ongoing Sunday morning Adult Education offerings (there are at least two classes offered most Sunday mornings) is an introduction to the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church. Attendance at these is excellent preparation for the Sacraments.
- Young people grades 6 (12 years old) and above are prepared over the course of 6 to 9 sessions, usually before the youth group meeting, led by the Rector.
- A combination of these things, with the possible use of videos, books, and informal conversations with the Rector is also a possibility.
Preparation: There are a variety of ways of preparing for the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation or Reception.
Baptized persons who have been Confirmed by a bishop in a Christian Church within the historic episcopate (such as the Roman Catholic or Orthodox Church) or by a bishop of a Church in communion with the Episcopal Church (such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) are, after appropriate instruction, Received by a bishop into this Church.