Saturday, January 14, 2017
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God. — Ephesians 2:19, NRSV
At St. Andrew’s we believe there are some important reasons to commit to membership in a local church:
101: Discover Membership, a
class for people interested in joining St. Andrew’s
— or just learning more about us. In this class, which is
offered quarterly, you will learn how you can become M.A.D.E. in
the image of Christ and discover how the application of the Biblical
purposes of the church — worship and stewardship,
membership, assimilation discipleship, and equipment
for ministry — will enhance your own life
and the lives of those you love. At the end of the class you will
be invited to sign a membership covenant committing to live out
the purposes and into the benefits of membership in the Church.
If you’re not quite ready to join St. Andrew’s after you attend Discover Membership, we invite you to continue to worship with us. You may join the church at any time after your complete the class simply by signing and returning the Membership Covenant.
In Class 101: Discover Membership you will learn about:
should attend Class 101?
Anyone who is interested in joining St. Andrew’s, or just wants to know more about our mission and ministry!
I’ve been Anglican/Episcopalian all my life. Do I still need to take Class 101?
If you want to join St. Andrew’s, yes! Class 101: Discover St. Andrew’s is our formal method of incorporation into the parish. We think it’s important to know a little bit about who we are before you join our parish family. This class focuses more on the mission and ministry of St. Andrew’s than it does on the Episcopal or Anglican faith tradition.
I’ve been coming to St. Andrew’s for awhile now. Do I still need to take Class 101?
We welcome your presence with us in worship and other activities, regardless of whether you’ve made a formal commitment to membership at St. Andrew’s. We believe, however, that there are some important reasons to make a commitment to a local church community, and this class will help you decide if that is something you’d like to do. Making a formal commitment to membership also makes you eligible to vote in parish elections and serve in positions of parish leadership.
If I take Class 101, am I obligated to join the parish?
Although you will be invited to join St. Andrew’s at the close of the class, you are under no obligation to do so. Once you complete the class, you may join the parish at any time simply by signing and returning the Membership Covenant that is in the Participant’s Manual that you will receive.
I’d like to have my child baptized at St. Andrew’s. Do I need to take Class 101?
Yes! When your child is baptized at St. Andrew’s, he or she becomes a member
of this parish. We believe it’s important that the parents be members too, since they are covenanting to raise the child in the faith.
do I arrange for Baptism?
Baptism, the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, is offered on the first Sunday of every month and on various special occasions. Class 101: Discover St. Andrew’s serves as our baptismal preparation class. If you desire baptism for you or your child, please see Fr. Ron, or call the church office to request an application for Baptism.
do I arrange for Marriage?
The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, the union of a woman and man in Christian marriage, is available to couples who are members of St. Andrew’s. If you are considering marriage, first contact Fr. Ron to arrange for marriage preparation, and then call the church office at 740-548-5112 to schedule a date for the wedding.
It is fitting and proper that baptized Christians be buried from the church. Please call one of the priests at or near the time of death of a loved one to arrange for the ministrations of the church (the sacraments of Communion, Holy Unction and Penance, also known as Last Rites) and for the Burial service. The church also has a Memorial Garden for the burial of ashes. For information about the Memorial Garden, or to receive a copy of the church’s