Becoming a Member of Calvary United Methodist Church
Being a member of a church is a commitment to share and grow with a specific community of Christ. We hope that our community may be a welcome place for you to participate and grow as a member. We want to let you know what it means to make the covenant of membership at Calvary United Methodist Church.
How do I become a member of Calvary UMC?
The first thing to do is contact the church office and speak with the pastor. All people who come to take the covenant of membership need to have been baptized. Joining the church is something that takes place once a person has been through the sacrament of baptism. We encourage all people who are interested in becoming a member to come to our informational class to learn about the United Methodist Church and about Calvary United Methodist Church. This class are planned for March and September but can be scheduled more often if there is interest. The class is taught by one of the lay leaders of the church.
What age do I have to be to join the church?
When children have been baptized, they become what we call baptized members of the church. When students move into 7th grade, they are invited to participate in confirmation to become professing members of the church. We require all students from 7th to 12th grade who are interested in becoming professing members of the church to participate in confirmation. See our Youth page for more information about this process. After someone has graduated from high school or turned 18, we have them join the church with the same process as other adults.
There are several options for membership.
Transfer of membership from another United Methodist Church – If you are currently a member of another United Methodist Church, you may simply transfer your membership to Calvary United Methodist Church. Tell one of the pastors and Calvary United Methodist Church will write your former church for a transfer.
Transfer of membership from another denomination – If you are currently a member of another denomination, you may transfer to the United Methodist Church. You will be asked to support the church with your “prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.” Tell one of the pastors and Calvary United Methodist Church will write your former church for the transfer.
Reaffirmation of faith – If you have been baptized but have not been active in a church in some time, you may join by reaffirming your faith and promising to support the church with your “prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.”
Confession/Profession of faith – If you have never been baptized nor made a decision to join a church, you may join by confession of your faith and Christian Baptism. Once you have decided what option works best for you, you will come before the congregation at one of the worship services on Sunday morning and officially “join.” Our members will enjoy greeting you at the end of the service to welcome you into our family.
What are the expectations of members?
Members of all United Methodist churches are asked to commit to the following categories of Christian living.
Prayers: Members commit to pray for our church, our community and our world.
Presence: Members commit to be present in worship and other opportunities where they can grow in their faith.
Gifts: Members commit to using their spiritual gifts, natural abilities, material assets, training and experience to uphold God’s church. We have opportunities each day to discover and develop gifts, then a responsibility through this vow to full stewardship of our time, abilities and finances.
Service: Members commit to find a place where they can serve and be a part of the work that the church is doing locally, regionally and around our world.
Witness: Members commit to living and sharing a life of faith that reflects their commitment to Christ.
As you seek a church home, we hope you find Calvary United Methodist Church a community that you can grow with and, if we all can come to make the commitments of membership together, we can reach out in love and change lives, both ours and others.