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Joining

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What does it mean to be a member of St. Columba’s?
Our deepest hope is that everyone who steps through our doors knows they belong here. Taking the additional step of becoming an active member of St. Columba’s means you’ve decided this is the parish community in which you can see yourself growing in faith and love, and you’re ready to strengthen your connections here by:

  • attending worship regularly;
  • growing more deeply in your Christian faith;
  • finding a ministry in which to serve and share your gifts; and
  • making an annual financial pledge to St. Columba’s mission.

What if I’m not sure about my faith? What if I don’t know much about the Episcopal Church?

The opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. ~ Anne Lamott

Joining a church doesn’t mean you don’t have big questions or doubts. Deciding to be part of a loving community of faith means you’re open to exploring and wrestling with those big questions and doubts. Most people here did not grow up in The Episcopal Church. Some have never been a member of any church. Many have a background in a different church or faith tradition. At St. Columba’s, there will be many opportunities to learn, ask questions, and get to know other pilgrims along the way.  Our "Inquirers Course," which offers an introduction to Christianity, The Episcopal Church, and St. Columba’s, might be a good place to start.

As Christians and Episcopalians, we’re committed to practicing a Jesus-centered life, what The Episcopal Church calls, "The Way of Love." At St. Columba’s we also provide one another with five practices that nourish and equip us to exercise our Christian faith in our daily life:

Prayer – praying alone or with others, formally or informally

Scripture – reading scripture as a means of integrating our own story with God’s story

Discernment – discerning our gifts and sense of call, being stewards of all that God has given to us

Outreach – connecting with others, serving those in need, seeking justice

Sharing our faith – telling others about God’s presence in our lives

Are there steps to take to officially join?
Once you’ve made the decision to make St. Columba’s your spiritual home, the next step is to share that good news and let us know!

  • If you are baptized and coming to St. Columba’s from another Christian denomination, you can begin by filling in a membership form, which will provide baptismal and other information for our parish records.
  • If you’ve been a member of another Episcopal Church and wish to transfer membership, please contact Jennifer Turner to arrange for a “Letter of Transfer.”
  • If you or your child have not been baptized and wish to become a member, please contact the Rev. Amy Molina-Moore (adult baptism) or Pattie Ames (children’s baptism).

Membership Forms:
Click here to register online.