- About Grace
Membership at Grace Church
On March 12, 2015
by the Rev. Todd McDowell
Membership in the Church is an important step to take in one’s spiritual journey by intentionally living out our lives in and through the community of believers. The Church is the community of the New Covenant, the People of God, and is described in the Bible as the Body of which Jesus Christ is the Head and of which all baptized persons are members.
The Church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. It is one, because it is one Body, under one Head, our Lord Jesus Christ. It is holy, because the Holy Spirit dwells in it, consecrates its members, and guides us to do God’s work. It is catholic, because it proclaims the whole Faith to all people, to the end of time. And the Church is apostolic, because it continues in the teaching and fellowship of the apostles and is sent to carry out Christ’s mission to all people. (The Book of Common Prayer p. 854.)
God has a mission and that mission has a church! There are five marks that we use to live into our life of mission:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
We invite you to join with us in God’s mission and become a member of Grace Episcopal Church! As members of the Church our ministry is to represent Christ and Christ’s Church; to bear witness to Christ wherever we may be; and, according to the gifts given each of us, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take our place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church. As faithful Christians it is our duty to follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God.
If you would like to join with us on this exciting journey of faith and take your place in God’s mission as a member of Grace Church – we welcome you! One becomes a member through Baptism. Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble. Therefore if you are already baptized and want to live into Christ’s mission here at Grace Church we welcome and invite you to join us on one of several occasions throughout the year when we recognize new members on Sunday mornings. If you have not been baptized by water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit – we will commit to teaching you our faith and nurturing you on the journey.
It is an exciting time when one wants to commit to joining a community of faith in order to live out God’s mission in our world. We are so happy to welcome you to Grace Episcopal Church. God has a mission and the mission has a church!
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Becoming a Member of Grace Church
If you are baptized, you are a member of the Church. Grace offers the Sacrament of Baptism four times each year: The Great Vigil of Easter, Pentecost, All Saints’ Day and The Baptism of Our Lord.
Making a mature, public commitment to Christ is expected, but not required for membership in the Episcopal Church. It is required to serve on Grace’s Vestry or to be a Diocesan Convention Delegate. Grace offers classes for youth (8th grade and older) and adults.
Grace maintains a membership database, which includes contact and personal information for our members. We can transfer your membership records from another church or we can establish new records for you at Grace.
Attend and participate in the life of Grace Church!
Direct membership questions to Fr. Todd or Shari Bonham, Director of Development and Ministries Coordinator.