Becoming a member of the Messiah family takes 2 steps...
...a third is available for those who want to.
Step #1 (and MOST important):
Show up. Come worship with us. Come hang out with us before and after the services, at parish events, in a small group, and informally as friends. Whether or not you take either of the next 2 steps, please come be with us.
If you are already baptized (and we accept baptisms from any Christian tradition) -- tell us the Church where you were last a member, and we'll write to them and request a Letter of Transfer.
If you don't remember where you were a member, or if you belonged to a Church that won't transfer your membership to us, tell us when and where you were baptized (we accept approximate dates and places if you can't remember exactly or don't have a certificate. We trust people!), and we'll make you a member "By Declaration."
Take those 2 steps and you're an official member of the Messiah family!
If you choose to go deeper, we offer a third step: Confirmation or Reception.
Confirmation is for people who were baptized as a baby or a small child and have never publicly committed themselves to Jesus. At least once a year, our pastor offers an Inquirers' Group for teenagers, new members, and people who are considering becoming members. The Inquirers' Group explores what it means to be a Christian, an Episcopalian, and an active member of our parish family. At the end of the Group, each person has the opportunity to publicly acknowledge Jesus as their Savior and Lord, and for the Bishop to lay hands on them to pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit for service in the Church and world. Though Confirmation is not required for membership, it is heartily recommended.
Reception is for people who have been Confirmed in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Lutheran Church, or who have made a public confession of faith as an adult in another denomination. In Reception, the Bishop shakes hands with you, prays for you, and welcomes you to this part of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
If you'd like to be Confirmed or Received, be on the look out for the Inquirers' Group. Attend it and you're in.