How does one become a member of St. Luke’s? The simple answer is by showing up, and continuing to show up for worship, for fellowship, for learning, and for helping this faith community to reach out to those in need and to share the good news of God in Christ. More practically it means telling our leadership—our clergy or lay leaders—that you want to join the parish, or to transfer your membership to the parish if you are a member of another Episcopal congregation. To be a voting member, or to serve on the parish’s governing council (the vestry) or to hold office, you need to meet certain criteria: be at least 16 years of age, baptized, and a communicant in good standing (meaning you have received Holy Communion at least three times during the year, and have been faithful in working, praying and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God).
If you are coming from another faith tradition, you have the option of becoming an Episcopalian through the rite of confirmation. This involves some study in the history, theology, polity and liturgy of the Episcopal Church, as well as prayer and reflection, usually via a confirmation or inquirer’s class (questions are welcome). The rite of confirmation involves the renewal of baptismal vows, and the laying on the hands of a bishop. If you have not been baptized, then the baptismal rite will be included.
Where do you start? Call or email our interim rector, the Rev. Frank Maxwell, 414-308-3478 firstname.lastname@example.org