|Posted by communications on July 22, 2020 at 1:20 PM|
Are you a part of St. Alban’s? Sometimes we hear from folks who are not quite sure if they are a member. If that applies to you, you’re not alone! Rest assured that no matter your formal membership status, if you consider St. Alban’s your church home, then you belong and we are delighted to have you as part of our family of faith! Officially speaking, we have three main categories of membership in our parish database:
Active Members are those who have been baptized in the Christian faith (any denomination), have worshiped with St. Alban’s at least three times in the past year, have made a financial contribution in the past year, and have completed the membership form.
A Voting Member is someone who fulfills the qualifications for an Active Member, is at least sixteen years old, and has been confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church. Voting members are eligible to participate in voting at the Annual Parish Meeting, serve on the Vestry, and serve as delegates to the Annual Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina.
To keep our records up to date for church governance purposes, periodically we have to go through the database and move people between these categories based on giving records, attendance, etc. As we gear up for another fall season of our annual pledge campaign and vestry elections, knowing your membership category can be helpful. If you are curious about your membership category and/or are interested in officially becoming an Active or Voting Member, then please reach out to our Parish Administrator Jessica Ewell to find out what steps need to be taken. Currently, confirmations and receptions from other denominations by the Bishop are on hold until we can gather in person, but if you are interested in being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church from another denomination, let us know and we can work with you to prepare you for whenever the Bishops are able to resume confirmations and receptions.
Please know that regardless of whether you are a friend, an active member, or a voting member, your connection to St. Alban’s is valued. We are all part of the body of Christ which has no hierarchy of categories! But for the purposes of our shared life together, we encourage all who call this parish their church home to be faithful in worship, generous in giving, and find a way to serve. While these activities may look a bit different in a time of pandemic, they remain as important as ever for the flourishing of our community!
Yours in Christ,