Becoming a Member
First and foremost we are all children of God, and all baptized persons are full members of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. The Book of Common Prayer states, “Holy Baptism is full intitiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble” (BCP, p 298). This means that if you have been baptized in another tradition you need not be baptized again!
However, if you wish to become a member of Saint Paul’s:
- and you have not been baptized in a Christian Church, you may speak to the Priest about instruction and arranging a date for your baptism into the body of Christ. From time to time we offer a class titled, Episcopal Church 101, which is designed to help newcomers learn about the Episcopal Church for the first time or long time members freshen their experience.
- and you are a member of another Episcopal Church, please call the Parish Office to have your present membership transferred to Saint Paul’s. Another option is to simply call your former parish and ask them to send your transfer (this is a good way to have closure regarding your move).
- and you are a member of another Christian denomination, we will be happy to transfer your letter to our Parish. You may then participate in our Episcopal Church 101 classes to prepare you for full membership in the Episcopal Church.
Confirmation is a sacrament that complements Holy Baptism. The Book of Common Prayer states, “In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.
Those baptized adults, unless baptized with laying on of hands by a bishop, are also expected to make a public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism in the presence of a bishop and to receive the laying on of hands” (BCP, p 412).
The sacrament of Confirmation is a mature profession of one’s faith. While it is often undertaken separately from the sacrament of Holy Baptism, Confirmation is actually a reaffirmation of the baptismal rite and involves a public affirmation of faith and the laying on of hands by a Bishop. For those being baptized as a teenager or adult in the presence of a Bishop, confirmation would take place as a part of the baptismal rite.
Holy Baptism is a sacrament by which God welcomes new members into Christ's Body, the Christian Church, and offers them a place in the reign of God as expressed through the Christian faith. Th…