Membership & Sacraments
Holy Baptism makes us members of Christ and his Church, the Family of God. Any baptized person who wishes to join this parish may do so by notifying the clergy of their desire and by supplying (if possible) the place and date of their Baptism and Confirmation to be enrolled in the parish records. At the next visitation of a bishop to Saint Matthew’s, new members may be presented for Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation of Faith as described below.
Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation
We believe that all Christians need to make a mature commitment of faith as adult believers. Newcomers who have not had this opportunity will be encouraged to seek Confirmation by the bishop. New members who are not Episcopalians and have previously made such a commitment may be presented to the bishop to be Received into this communion.
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Comments concerning preparation for baptism and marriage as well as at the time of death are adapted from Conformed to Christ: Structures and Standards in Parish Development by Robert A. Gallagher, Mary Anne Mann and Alice B. Mann, published by Ascension Press, 1983.