Traditional: 8:45 AM
Contemporary: 11:00 AM
We offer membership classes at All Saints twice a year, in the fall and spring. The spring 2019 class begins this Sunday, March 3, at 10:15am between services. The classes are each about 35 minutes long. It will run until Palm Sunday (April 17), and new members will be received on April 21, Easter Sunday.
Membership in a particular Christian congregation is an interesting phenomenon… Traditionally, it was a prerequisite for basic participation in milestones of Christian faith and life, such as baptism of a child, confirmation, partaking of Holy Communion, being married in the church, or Christian burial. In recent decades, some church bodies have construed membership not as an initial point of entry into the life of the congregation, but a point of deep commitment, undertaken only when fully immersed in the life and leadership of the congregation. Some consider membership essential to their Christian identity, and others consider “signing on the dotted line” of membership completely irrelevant to their life of faith.
In the article "Teaching on Membership", I address several questions about church membership:
I encourage you to read the full article at our website. But in the constraints of this space, I pose the concluding question of the article, “Is it the right time?” as follows:
Membership is a way that we live out our baptism, and thus our new identity as members of the Body of Christ, fully embracing the responsibility and mutual accountability that comes with that identity. It’s a serious decision. So before joining, you should:
If and when you have satisfied these questions, I encourage you to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and become an official member of All Saints. It’s a visible way in which we express our biblical and practical understanding of God’s work in our lives through baptism, bringing us into the Body of Christ in a real and tangible manner. But if you are still working through these questions, please do not hurry, and do not feel pressured. You are always welcome here, as a part of our worship and our service. We are glad to come alongside you on your journey of faith, and support you as you seek to follow Jesus!
Thanks, and God bless,