Welcome to St. John's Church.! You do not have to join the church in a formal way in order to worship, attend classes, participate in fellowship activities, and/or support financially the ministries of the parish. All baptized persons, adults and children, are always welcome to receive Holy Communion. However, we invite you to consider becoming a member of St. John's Church. There are several ways to do this:
If you are an Episcopalian:
If you are a member of another Episcopal congregation, or were ever confirmed in an Episcopal Church, you can transfer your membership. Provide our Parish Office with the name and location of the Church and the approximate dates of your membership. Or, if you were confirmed there, the approximate date of confirmation, and we will send for a letter of transfer. Or you may wish to contact your previous parish yourself.
If you are from another province of The Anglican Communion:
If you are a confirmed Anglican from, for example, The Church of England, provide the Parish Office with you birth date and place, baptismal date and place, confirmation date, place, and Bishop.
If you are a member of another Christian denomination:
If you are baptized with water in the Name of The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in any Christian denomination, you may become a "baptized member" of St. John's. Just provide the Parish Office with you birth date and place, baptismal date and place.
If you have not been Baptized:
Call the Parish Office or speak with the clergy to arrange a baptism. Baptisms are done at regularly scheduled celebrations of The Holy Eucharist on the feast days specified by The Book of Common Prayer (Baptism of Our Lord, Easter Eve, Pentecost, and All Saints). Anyone baptized at St. John's is a "Baptized member."
If you wish to be Confirmed or Received:
The Book of Common Prayer defines Confirmation as "The rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from The Holy Spirit through Prayer and the laying on of hands by a Bishop." Youth Confirmation classes and Adult Inquirer's classes are offered during the year-usually Lent. Any baptized adult , and any baptized youth in the seventh grade or higher, is eligible. Persons who have been confirmed in another denomination by a Bishop in the Apostolic Succession (most often Roman Catholic or Orthodox) are received by The Bishop rather than confirmed. Those who have been confirmed or received are classified as "confirmed communicants." Speak with the clergy if you are interested in Confirmation or Reception.