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St Mary's

But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do God’s work and speak out, to tell others of the night-and-day difference God made for you— 1Peter 2:9

Welcome! We are glad you are seeking information on how to join the church....

+ Attending

The most important step in joining us is the one you have already taken by joining us in worship. We are glad you are with us and God meets you here. St. Mary’s is an open and inclusive community, and wherever you are in your journey with God, you are invited to join us.

+ Sacrament of Holy Baptism

Becoming a member signifies your commitment to making St. Mary's a place where you can live into and live out your relationship with God. Baptism is the first step on this intentional journey. If you desire to be baptized please contact Rev. Lester Mackenzie to schedule an appointment to discuss baptism.  If you are a baptized Christian you need not become an Episcopalian to become a member of St. Mary’s. You are invited to be a member of this faith community and begin participating in our spiritual  life together. You are welcome to also join our email list to receive a weekly email update. Please email the church office at parishoffice@stmaryslb.org so we may add you to our email list.

+ Welcome Rite for New Members

You may wish to publicly acknowledge your membership in our faith community by participating in our quarterly Welcome Rite, which is open to any baptized new member. Upcoming Welcome Rites will be announced during Sunday services and in our weekly email newsletter.

St. Mary’s Welcome Rite

Presenter: I present these baptized persons who are joining this parish.

The Celebrant invites the new members to introduce themselves to the congregation.

Celebrant: Do you renew your commitment to Jesus Christ?

Answer: I do.

Celebrant: Will you seek to be faithful in the worship of God and participate in the life of this community of faith?

Answer: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you participate in a life of service to those who are poor, outcast, or powerless?

Answer: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you strive to recognize the gifts that God has given you, and how they might be used in building up God’s realm?

Answer: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you commit your time, gifts, and financial resources to this parish, and to its ministry in this community and in the world?

Answer: I will, with God’s help.

Addressing members of the congregation

Celebrant: Will you support these persons in their new life in this parish?

People: We will.

Celebrant: Let us pray.

Blessed are you, O God our Maker, for you form us in your image and restore us in Jesus Christ. Bless these new members of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Strengthen their union with the whole body of Christ as they join us in our life of praise and service; through our Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Celebrant: Let us welcome these new members of this community of faith.

People: We recognize you as members of the household of God and welcome you as members of this congregation. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.

The service continues with The Peace.

+ Pledging

By offering to God from our financial resources, we are committing to the belief that abundance and security are from God instead of material goods. Through pledging, we seek to serve God by serving others, and by building God's household here on Earth. Pledge cards are distributed each Fall on Stewardship Sunday. You may also contact the church office for your pledge card and return envelope.

+ Joining the Episcopal Church

Many members of St. Mary’s are not Episcopalians. But those who come to us from other traditions often seek membership in the Episcopal Church. Once a year an Adult Inquirers Class is offered to prepare adults who:

+ Desire to be baptized
+ Have been baptized or confirmed in any Christian church and desire to become an Episcopalian.
+ Are an Episcopalian and your journey has taken a deeper path, and you desire to reaffirm your faith in a public way.
+ You simply want to know more about or refresh your knowledge of the Episcopal Church.

Upcoming classes will be announced during Sunday services and through our weekly email newsletter, Facebook page, and website.

+ Letter of Transfer

If you were a member at another Episcopal parish and wish to make St. Mary's your spiritual home, please contact your previous parish and request a letter of transfer.