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How can I become a member of Abingdon?

Everyone is welcome to attend our church, regardless of whether you chose to officially become a  member or not.  But if you do chose to become a member, click on one of the sub-headings for some information that you will find helpful.

Not Yet Baptized

I am Baptized but not in the Episcopal Church

I am Baptized in the Episcopal Church

I have made a profession of faith in a church other than the Episcopal Church

I have been Confirmed in the Episcopal Church

 

 Confirmation is a formal process of education and ceremony for our youth and adults.   Confirmation is typically a 3 month annual educational program which establishes a one-on-one personal relationship between a confirmand and a mentor as they work through a structured format of exploration on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.  Although we always strive to teach our children and adult members the teachings of Christ, it is the process of confirmation that allows an individual to knowingly and willfully reaffirm baptismal vows.  For this reason, we typically request the confirmation process be entered into by our youth only when they have reached an age when they can fully understand the commitment they make with the confirmation vows.  Young people ages 12-18 are eligible.

Reaffirmation of youth and adults is similar to the confirmation process.  It involves formal education and vows of affirmation during a formal church service.  The major difference is that Affirmation candidates must  have been previously confirmed in the Episcopal church.

I've been baptized

When you are attending Sunday worship and have reached a point when you consider Abingdon to be your church home, let the church office know the date and place of your baptism and you will be accepted as a member.

To become confirmed in the Episcopal Church, a candidate must have been baptized (in any Christian church), attend formal Episcopal Confirmation classes, and be officially received into the church during one of our confirmation worship services.

Confirmation is a formal process of education and ceremony for our youth and adults.   Confirmation is typically a 3 month annual educational program which establishes a one-on-one personal relationship between a confirmand and a mentor as they work through a structured format of exploration on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.  Although we always strive to teach our children and adult members the teachings of Christ, it is the process of confirmation that allows an individual to knowingly and willfully reaffirm baptismal vows.  For this reason, we typically request the confirmation process be entered into by our youth only when they have reached an age when they can fully understand the commitment they make with the confirmation vows.  Young people ages 12-18 are eligible.

I haven't been baptized

 If you have not been baptized, contact the priest to learn about baptism.

Holy Baptism  may occur at any age and is performed in the church as part of a regularly scheduled service.  We believe baptism is an event all our members must share because it represents three important aspects of Life in Christ: 1) Welcomes a new member into the Fellowship of Christians 2) Establishes a covenant with God that the entire church community will participate in guiding and helping the baptismal candidate throughout all stages of their life. 3) Affirms the vows of Love, Faith, and Servitude for our God.