Anyone who comes and participates in the life of The Church of the Holy Trinity is a member of the church. You do not have to be an official member to participate in all aspects of the church. However, if you would like to participate in the governance of this church (voting at annual meetings or becoming part of our Vestry – the church board), you will need to do a few things to become a member.
Once you’ve become part of the church through participation, you might like to become an official member. If you’ve been part of another Episcopal Church, just let us know and we can have your membership transferred to our church.
The ritual part of joining a church come through confirmation or reception by our Bishop. Confirmation is a service in which you renew the baptism vows taken on your behalf by your parents (if you were an infant) or by you (if you were older when baptized). The Bishop lays his hands on you and prays for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Confirmation is a way of saying ‘I’m a full part of this church and identify myself as an Episcopalian.’ If you’ve been baptized and confirmed in a liturgical tradition like the Roman Catholic or ELCA church, you can be Received into the church officially by our Bishop when he visits (see confirmation page for more information).
There is one more thing that is required for membership – and that is contributing to the congregation. Members of CHT contribute in all sorts of ways to the life of our community. We think of these ways of contributing as gifts of time, talent and treasure. There are no obligations, only opportunities. But as we contribute, whether time, talent or treasure, we find that we begin to own the church as our family, our shared mission and a part of the way in which we offer God the worship of our lives.
Our giving is a fundamental part of our worship. Worship is about giving worth to God – and through the offering our gifts to God we express the reality that it all came from Him, belongs to Him, and that we simply offer Him what is already His. As we give, we place God in His rightful place in our lives. Giving is an effective way of countering the seductive myth that our money and abilities provide us ultimate security in this life. It reminds us that we are only stewards of the good things that God has entrusted us with. If you’d like to make a contribution, please see the Give section of this website.