Membership in the Episcopal Church means choosing this church as a guiding community of faith for living out your own life of faith.
Active Membership means sharing worship, prayer, study, and service with the parish community, as well as committing time, talent, and treasure for the life and work of the whole community.
Baptized Membership Becoming a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd is not difficult. It requires transferring your membership from another church, or simply declaring your desire and intention to be a member. Any member can participate in the normal life and work of the church.
Confirmed Membership To become a voting member at parish meetings, or to assume leadership at Good Shephed, there is an expectation that a person prepare for and receive the sacrament of Confirmation, which is a public affirmation of faith, based on the Baptismal Covenant, and is a means of grace offered by a Bishop of the Episcopal Church. The grace for living a mature Christian life comes to us through many means, but is specially offered in the Episcopal Church through this sacrament. Through the centuries, this grace has been passed on to Christians in apostolic churches through the laying on of hands of Bishops, who stand in line with Bishops going back to the Apostles and to Christ himself.
Inquirers Classes are offered at various times to prepare those who wish to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
For more information about membership at Good Sheperd, contact the church office at COGSnewmemberinfo@gmail.com