St. Monica and St. James welcomes you! We would love to have you become members of St. Monica and St. James. Please join us for services at anytime. We are an Episcopal Church within The Episcopal Church of the United States. As such we recognize as Christians all persons who have been baptized as with water and in the name of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). As such you are a member of the Church.
If you have not been baptized, and you seek God and are drawn to Christ, we will be happy to have you join us for services and talk to you about your desire to become a Christian. We can be your spiritual home and help you discern this desire and walk alongside you toward baptism.
If you were baptized in an Episcopal parish you were enrolled as a member of that particular congregation and also became an “Episcopalian.” You are member at the church where you were baptized until death or until you transfer to another congregation. If you were baptized at another Episcopal church other than St. Monica and St. James, you may have the record of your baptism transferred here to become a member of this parish.
If you were baptized with water and in the name of the Trinity in another Christian communion or denomination, you can become a member of St. Monica and St. James by asking that your letter of baptism be transferred so that you can be enrolled on the books of this parish. This makes you a baptized member of the Episcopal Church in general and a member of St. Monica and St. James specifically.
All baptized members are encouraged over time to receive the sacrament of confirmation, either when they reach maturity or in connection with baptism if they are baptized as adults. In confirmation ‘we express a mature commitment to Christ and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by the bishop.’ After confirmation, a person is a confirmed member of the Episcopal Church.
If you were baptized and confirmed in another church you may be received (rather than reconfirmed) by a bishop of The Episcopal Church. This makes you a confirmed member of The Episcopal Church.
We hope this answers some of your questions. And we encourage you to be in touch. You are most welcome at St. Monica and St. James!
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