Church Membership is one way to raise the flag of faith and to state before God and others that you are committed to being a part of this local body of believers.
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. - Hebrews 13:17
Becoming a member at URC is a three step process:
Attend the new members class. The class meets for 10 Sundays, and is offered each Spring and Fall. The class reviews basic Biblical teachings on the character and attributes of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, the nature of revelation, sin and salvation, the sacraments, and spiritual gifts. The materials also cover some of the theological distinctives of the Reformed faith and church policy. Check the Sunday Classes page on our website or church bulletin for the next available class. A separate children’s profession of faith class is offered in the Spring for young people. Contact Dave Hinkley for information on the next youth class.
Meet with the elders. The Elders are charged with oversight of church membership. They meet the second Tuesday of every month to receive new members, handle baptism requests, and pray. A few of the elders will meet with you to hear how you became a Christian, ask a few questions, and respond to any questions you may have. The meeting takes about 30 minutes. You can schedule a time to meet with the elders by contacting the church office.
Be publicly received before the congregation. Several times throughout the year we have membership Sundays where all new members are asked to introduce themselves and make membership vows before the congregation.