to become a member
At the end of a congregational worship service, the preacher asks persons who want to make decisions to come forward. The preacher usually stands at the front of the church to receive those who make decisions. When a candidate for membership comes forward, the preacher has him/her share their decision with him. He usually talks with them about it. This gives the candidate an opportunity to clarify the decision and gives the preacher a chance to answer any questions he/she may have. Information about the candidate is recorded for church records, including the kind of decision the candidate for membership is making.
rights and privileges of membership
New members, when receiving the hand of fellowship, are advised that “you are now entitled to all of the rights and privileges of membership.” Some of the rights and privileges of members include:
Participation in church meetings
Participation in church business meetings, Hold offices on committees and auxiliaries.
Church rights to funeral and church assistance during loss of loved on
Propose amendments to the church constitution
Members are allowed to use church facilities and equipment such as the sanctuary, kitchen and fellowship hall for weddings or funerals and church transportation for appropriate outings.
Handicapped members may request transportation to and from church events via the church’s handicap accessible van. Use of facilities and equipment is subject to specific guidelines and availability. Individual inquiries or requests regarding use of facilities should be submitted in writing to the Building and Grounds Ministry for consideration.