Membership at SCAPC

Why become a member?

Membership provides the opportunity to learn more about God, to wrestle with and clarify what you believe and to participate fully in the decisions made by the congregation. Becoming a member affirms your commitment to God and to the community of God’s people. It is also a commitment to a particular part of God’s family that nurtures and invests in your growing faith.

Do I need to be baptized in order to join the church?

Yes. Your baptism could have taken place when you were an infant, child or adult; it could have taken place at a non-Presbyterian church. If you haven’t been baptized, you will need to be baptized to be a member. Contact the church office or let one of the pastors know that you need to be baptized, and we can easily arrange for it.

How do I join?

What happens after I join?

The best way to learn about SCAPC membership is to come to the library following 10:30 a.m. worship. Representatives of the Membership Committee, and the pastors are available to answer questions about our church. If you are thinking about getting more involved or wondering how to get more connected to this family of faith, stop by and chat. Inviting you into membership is a simple process that will take about 10 minutes.

After you join, you will be invited to a new member orientation, held quarterly during the year. You, along with other new members, will have the opportunity to ask questions, talk with church members about your interests and learn more about where you might want to get involved.

May I participate in church life without becoming a member?

Absolutely! We hope that those who are not members feel welcome at our worship services, Sunday School, adult study groups, women’s circles, service days, dinners and everything we do as a church.

Membership is an opportunity to openly proclaim one’s faith in Jesus Christ, one’s sense of call to this community of faith, and one’s willingness to participate in the official life of the church, such as congregational meetings and session. But the decision to join the church should not be made with undue haste or a sense of obligation.