Frequently Asked Questions about Membership
What is a member of Trinity?
A member of Trinity is any person who has been baptized with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, whether in the Episcopal Church or any other Christian church, AND has requested that the record of your baptism is noted/recorded in this Parish’s Registration Books.
If you are not baptized and would like to find out about the Sacrament of Baptism, what is means, and when Baptism is offered, speak to or call a member of the church leadership.
What is expected as a member?
As a member, we, and more importantly God, expect that you will earnestly try and retry daily what was promised at your Baptism; which is called your Baptismal Covenant.
We expect you to commit to regular attendance at weekly Sunday Service where we worship God together as a community. We expect that you will seek ways to know God and build that relationship through daily prayer and exploring the Word of God – the Holy Scriptures.
It is expected that you believe that God gives us everything we have and are, and, because these are all gifts for His delight and our delight, that we learn how to be a giver—to the church for its work and to the needs of others.
You are expected to recognize that people, in the world and in the church, are never going to be perfect and we are all bound to make mistakes.
Knowing that, we expect that you will reflect on your behavior and response to people and life’s events.
And, when we fail or fall short, always return to God asking forgiveness of God. We expect that you will spread the Good News of God in Christ whenever and however possible for you, in what how you speak and act.
You are asked join with others to work for justice and peace in your home life, local community, and in the world. We expect you to regard people showing them that you respect their dignity as human beings.
- Worship regularly
- When you fail at living up to your promises, review your actions, ask for forgiveness, and return to God
- Give in proportion to what you have
- Spread the Good News of God’s love and serve others
How do I become a member?
The best way to let us know you wish to become a member is to ASK. You can do this by writing a note, making a phone call, sending an email or speaking to a member of the church leadership, who will then record you as a member.
We try to keep sacramental records on file, so provide us with copies of Baptismal or Confirmation certificate(s) so we can note that information accurately in the Parish Records.
If you are a member of another Episcopal Church, you can contact that church (or ask us to do it) and request that Church to send a Letter of Transfer to Trinity Church. If you are baptized, confirmed, or received by the Bishop at Trinity Church, you are a member.
Is there anything beyond baptism?
The Book of Common Prayer describes baptism as “full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church.” However, at different stages in your life, there are other means of affirming your faith.
Confirmation is an opportunity to make a mature affirmation of one’s faith in the presence of a bishop. All baptized persons are encouraged to do this, and it is especially appropriate for those who were baptized as infants. If you were confirmed in another tradition/church, you can be received into this tradition.
Reaffirmation is available for those previously baptized and confirmed who would like to reaffirm their faith before our Bishop. Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation all take place when the Bishop visits.
Talk to a member of the church leadership to find out more about confirmation, dates, and how to prepare.
Designs and carries out in a thoughtful and excellent fashion worship that is responsive to the individual nature of the congregation. The congregation understands the power of the Holy Eucharist to renew the spirit. Worship is vibrant and alive and touches the worshipper. Liturgy is well planned and executed.
II. Knows Itself and Moves Forward
Defines itself by its sense of values, mission (purpose) and vision with resulting plans for the congregation. The culture is one of expectation of constant movement and change, seeking God’s will for its future. This awareness is grounded in theological definition and understanding.
III. Invites, Incorporates
Invites, displays hospitality and works toward inclusion of newcomers and members into active participation in congregational life with an emphasis on relationship formation.
Takes seriously the formation of disciples, grounded in the Baptismal Covenant with emphasis on spiritual formation, biblical education and prayer.
V. Lives as Stewards
Promotes good stewardship of parishioner’s time, spiritual gifts, talents and money.
Fosters a culture of empowering ministry utilizing knowledge of persons’ spiritual gifts and passions for service.
VII. Demonstrates Expectation and Accountability
Lays out expectations and respective accountability for everyone who undertakes ministry.
VII. Reaches Out
Focuses significant ministry outside the congregation to the community and beyond.
IX. Fosters a Learning Culture for Leaders
Understands that leaders in Christian community have a distinctive call, that they seek God’s guidance, are willing to risk, lead change well and learn from experience. Leaders are trained and expected to mentor future leaders. Lay leaders foster a healthy relationship with their clergy.
Generates effective communications inside the church and outside to the community.
XI. Manages Conflict
Conflicted situations are managed with practices/processes that foster and reflect a theology of reconciliation.
XII. Understands the Need to Be Connected to the Greater Church
Demonstrates connectedness and support for the wider church.
Authors: Mary MacGregor and Reb Scarborough, 2004
References: Peter Steinke; The Evangelism, Church Growth, Worship and Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church of Canada