Joining the church

Becoming a Member

Membership in the Episcopal Church comes through Baptism and Confirmation. Baptism is offered several times per year. Confirmation, which coincides with a visitation from our Bishop, occurs once per year. An Inquirer’s Class for those who wish to learn more about the church and membership is offered each year beginning in January and concluding in the early spring. Persons interested in membership are encouraged to attend this class and may also contact the Rector or any of the associate priests to discuss membership and other questions on a more personal basis.

How do I become a member of Holy Trinity?

Becoming a member of Holy Trinity can happen in several ways, depending on your experience with either other Episcopal congregations or other denominations. However, you need not have ever been a church-goer before to become a member of our church. Here are the categories of membership we recognize at Holy Trinity:

Confirmed Communicants: These are adults (persons over 16 years of age) who have been baptized and confirmed in, or received into, the Episcopal Church either by confirmation, reception, or letter of transfer from another Episcopal Church. If you are coming from another Episcopal Church, simply request that our church administrator, Donna Whorley, send a request for a letter of transfer to your last parish and you can be enrolled as a member when that letter is received.

Baptized Members: These include baptized persons, of any age (including children), whose names are enrolled either by baptism, letter of transfer, or personal request. Adults can have their names enrolled as Baptized Members, but still not be Confirmed Communicants. If you are an adult and have been baptized in and Episcopal or other Christian denomination, again, simply ask our church administrator, Donna Whorley, to request a letter of transfer from your last parish and you can be enrolled as a member.

Associate members: These are persons who are active in the life of this congregation (through worship, giving or program participation), but their official membership remains elsewhere.

Prospective members: These are persons who are visiting our church and are deciding whether to become a Confirmed or Baptized member.

Joining Holy Trinity

If you are interested in becoming a member of Holy Trinity please contact our Church Administrator, Donna Whorley, to receive a membership form. After we receive your completed form, we will contact you to discuss your options for membership and make a plan together that meets your interests and needs

FAQ’s about membership:

■ Why become a member?

While everyone is welcome at Holy Trinity and invited to participate in the life of our community, becoming a member is an outward sign of commitment that formally joins you and your family with us in this congregation. Membership does bring some additional benefits, but more importantly is a statement that you intend to become part of the congregation in a deeper and more meaningful way. Only active members in good standing can vote in the annual meeting, be elected to the Vestry and host a wedding in the church.

■ What if I have never been baptized?

Adults and their children may join the Church of the Holy Trinity by being baptized on one of the five special days set aside for baptisms each year. These are advertised in the bulletin on a regular basis. You can find out more about baptism by talking our priest.

■ Do I need to be confirmed to be a member?

Not necessarily. To be a member in good standing in an Episcopal Church, you must be confirmed, attend and give regularly, and actively join in the life of the church. But anyone can attend services, receive communion and participate in programs and classes without being confirmed.