“We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light so lovely that they want to know its source.”—Madeleine L’Engle
We Want You to be a Part of our Family
We look forward to having you be a part of our parish family. Please feel free to participate in any area of worship and ministry. We are all eager to help you understand the Episcopal Church—its beliefs and practices, its style of worship. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you better understand our customs and traditions. Official membership can come when you decide you are ready to join.
Becoming a Member of St. John’s
People become members of St. John's in several ways. The first is through baptism at an Episcopal church. (But no matter where or when you were baptized, you are a part of the Body of Christ and eligible to receive Communion and to participate in our life together.) If you were baptized at St. John’s, your name is already listed in our Parish Register, the official list of members.
A second way to become a member of St. John's is through Confirmation. Done by the Bishop, this sacrament is a further commitment to Christ and and a way to reconfirm the vows made for you if you were baptized as an enfant or small child. Confirmation is also for those baptized in a non-liturgical denomination.
Some of our members were confirmed elsewhere and came to us by means of a Letter of Transfer. This means that the person was a member of another Episcopal church and is simply transferring their membership to St. John’s. We record their names in the Parish Register.
For people who were confirmed in another branch of the Church in Apostolic Succession (such as the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, or any of the various Orthodox Churches), we do not re-confirm them. Instead, they become members of the Episcopal Church through Reception, which is done by the Bishop.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to speak with any of our clergy or email the parish office.