New Members

Interested in becoming a member of St. John’s UCC?  Please contact Rev. Sue or Pastor Addie or the Church Office for information on the next New Members Class. 

New Member Informational Gathering
There will be an informational gathering on Sunday, October 8, 2017 following the 10:15 worship service for those wishing to learn more about becoming a member of St. John’s.  We will meet in the Library at approximately 11:45 am (after folks have had a chance to get some light refreshment during fellowship time) and will conclude by 1:30 pm. Please speak with either Pastor Sue or Pastor Addie if you are planning to attend this meeting.

St. John’s is always happy to welcome new members into our church family!  We hold new member orientation classes periodically through the year to introduce you to the traditions and beliefs of St. John’s and the United Church of Christ, our denomination.

Below: Ten new members (with their sponsors) joined St. John’s February 26, 2017.

Below: Sixteen new members (with their sponsors) joined St. John’s October 18, 2015.

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Above: Welcoming new members during worship on June 21, 2015

DSC_0350When you join St. John’s, you DSC_0401will stand before the congregation on a chosen Sunday morning and will be asked a few questions like this by the pastors to profess your faith:

“Do you, by this act of joining the church, profess your desire to live out your faith
as a member of this congregation, ever seeking to better reflect the image of God in your
daily life and ever desiring to more fully understand and embody the teachings of Jesus
Christ, whom we are called to love and serve?” New Members respond: “I Do”

“Do you promise, with God’s help and grace, to grow in the Christian faith and to
be a faithful member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, taking to heart the
commitment you are making today before God and the members of this faith
community?”  New Members respond: “I do”

The congregation will then speak words in unison to welcome you into our family, and will later ‘meet and greet’ you during our Fellowship Time. If you are not a member, we hope that you will consider joining us – all are welcome!  New members are also asked to attend the next Congregational Dinner after joining (held in January & October) to be again introduced and acknowledged by the congregation!

Sponsors – Each new member is assigned a sponsor or sponsors – members of St. John’s who will stand with the new member when they join and also help introduce them to the St. John’s family and the organizations and activities our church provides.  Sponsors also write an article for the Enlightener introducing the new members to the wider congregation.  A sponsor may be someone who brought the new member to visit St. John’s, someone who greeted them on an early visit, or someone the pastors think have a ‘common interest’ with the new member.  If you would like to sponsor a new member, speak with the pastors!