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Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to be a member?
The meaning of membership is deeply rooted in our Methodist heritage. John Wesley was clear that Christianity is a social religion, and that our growth in holiness of heart and life is deeply dependent on being in face-to-face cpommunity with others who are watching over us (and we over them) in love. It is through these face-to-face relationships that we experience what it means to be the body of Christ in the world.
What is required of Member?
For United Methodists, membership requires our active participation in a local congregation. When we become members, we profess our faith in God, our desire to live as disciples of Jesus Christ, and commit to join with our church community to keep the vows made at baptism. The vows we make include promises to faithfully participate in the life and ministries of our local congregation through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.
Is it for a lifetime?
Throughout our life, as we pray, study the scriptures, worship and share in fellowship with other Christians, we deepen our knowledge of and love for God. As we respond with compassion to human need and work for justice in our communities, we strengthen our capacity to love our neighbors. We confess and repent of our sins, ways in which we fall short of God’s way. In this way, our inner thoughts and motives, as well as our outer actions and behavior, are aligned with God’s will and testify to our union with God.
How do I become a Member?
If you have never been baptized, you will prepare for baptism. If you were baptized as an infant or young child and have not made a profession of faith and been confirmed, then you will prepare to reaffirm your baptism when you take the membership vows.
If you are a member of another part of the church (such as Baptist, Presbyterian or Lutheran), then you can transfer your membership from that church to a local United Methodist Church.
If I am not Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian or Lutheran, can I still become a member??
If you are a member of another Christian church that does not transfer membership, you can make a profession of faith and be received as a member.
Talk with our Pastor about becoming a member of Walker Chapel. She will be able to answer your questions and help you discern what next steps to take.
Is Walker Chapel an Open Church?
All are welcome at Walker Chapel and to our table. There is only one table, one goblet of wine, one loaf of bread. We all partake of the same and equally as we embrace the fellowship of humankind blessed by God.