Becoming a member of Saint Michael is really pretty simple. While we do not require you to be a member to worship with us or to participate in Sunday School, spiritual formation or other events at the church, we do have some expectations of how we live together in Christian community. We strongly encourage all who have found a home at Saint Michael to engage in the following:
Click here to connect to a description of this engaging class for newcomers and all who are interested in learning more about the church and the Episcopal faith.
There are opportunities to attend worship at Saint Michael every day of the week. Some parishioners come to a service every day; most come once a week. Generally speaking, if you attend a worship service two to three times a month on a Saturday or Sunday, you’re engaged in a regular attendance.
Christian giving is a spiritual issue, not a financial one, and is not only about donating money. We use the terms “time,” “treasure” and “talent” to help us understand the ways God has gifted us and how we respond to those gifts. There will be many moments throughout the year to think and pray about what and how you will give to your church. Saint Michael does not ask its parishioners to pledge a certain amount, only to pledge something. You and God will discern together how much that “something” is. If you’d like to make a pledge or find out more about giving at SMAA, click here.
Here are a few definitions that may help as you think about membership at Saint Michael and discipleship in the Body of Christ:
Any person baptized with water in the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive the bread and the wine at Holy Communion.
Persons sixteen years and older are to be considered adult communicants.
Communicant in Good Standing
Someone “who for the previous year has been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and has been faithful in working, praying and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God.” (The Constitutions and Canons of the Episcopal Church)
Any baptized person who has received the laying on of hands by a Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Adult Confirmation happens in the fall and spring, and all members of Saint Michael are encouraged to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church.
Communicant of Record
A baptized or confirmed Communicant who fulfills his or her pledge by a form of payment that can be recorded in the church’s files as corresponding to that communicant. (A person placing cash in the offering plate without identification, is a Communicant but not one of record.)