How to become a member

How to join St Matthew's?

The sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, provide the entrance rites to the church and to St Matthew's too.  
For those who have already been Baptized and Confirmed, membership is by reception or a Letter of Transfer. Below  are details for Baptism, Confirmation / Reception and Letter of Transfer.

Baptism

Baptism is a sacrament, which is an outward sign of God's inward grace. The outward sign of Baptism is water.  In a baptism, blessed water is poured upon the candidate, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

Baptism is available to any  person at any age; all are welcomed as a member of the Body of Christ.  Preparation for baptism is arrange with the priest.   Parents and Guardians are included in the preparation for baptism of children. 

Confirmation & Reception

Confirmation is the mature affirmation of one's Baptism. Confirmation is also a sacrament.  The sign of Confirmation is the laying on of hands by the Bishop.  The Bishop by his/her office symbolizes the universal presence of the Church, both now and throughout time, connecting us to the time of the Apostles.  Confirmation occurs at the time of the Bishop's annual visitation.  


Those interested in Confirmation, either youth, or adults coming into the congregation, can make  arrangements with the priest of St Matthew's.  Since Confirmation is an adult affirmation of faith, the Diocese recommends candidates be at least 16 years of age or older.  

Reception, recognizes that some who come to the Episcopal Church have already been Confirmed.  Those coming from the Roman Catholic or Evangelical Lutheran Church of America who have been both baptized and confirmed, may be received into the Episcopal Church.

Letter of Transfer

If one is a member of an Episcopal Church and would like to become a Member of St Matthew's, a letter of Transfer will be needed to change your 'church address' and membership.  A letter of transfer is requested by contacting the priest.  The priest will contact the Episcopal church of current membership, and your membership will be moved to St Matthew's. 

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