There are both formal and informal ways to become a member of St. Peter’s. If you have any questions about these steps, please don’t hesitate to contact our Rector, the Very Rev. Emily Richards.
Transfer of Membership
If you have been a member of more than one parish, but do not believe you have ever officially had your membership transferred, then you must contact the parish where you were baptized and have them send a copy of your baptismal certificate to us.
If you are not baptized, you are encouraged to contact our Rector, the Very Rev. Emily Richards, and she will begin preparing you for your baptism. Baptisms are held here 3 or 4 times a year in the midst of the 10 a.m. service. We welcome anyone who wishes to be baptized to do so at one of those services. Those baptized in another tradition do not need to be baptized again in the Episcopal tradition.
Adult Inquirers’ Class/Confirmation Process
We also encourage those who are not Episcopalians to consider going through an intentional Adult Inquirers’ Class which may lead to the sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation is a mature statement of Christian faith made before a bishop to receive the strengthening power of the Holy Spirit. Baptized adults from another Christian tradition who were never confirmed are also asked to receive the sacrament. Adults who have already been confirmed in another tradition such as the Roman Catholic or Lutheran Churches are received into the Episcopal Church without having to renounce the previous rite.
Our Bishop’s visitation takes place every other year. The inquirers’ classes meet 6 to 8 times and occur prior to the Bishop’s visit.
Rite of Welcome
On Pentecost Sunday every year we offer our Rite of Welcome in the midst of the 10 a.m. service. All newcomers are invited to participate in this ceremony as a public way to affirm your and your family’s desire to be a member of this community. It also allows the congregation to welcome you and to pray for you.
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