FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Membership Questions

I am new to the parish, what do I do first?

Provide Your Information

If you are new to the parish, please print and fill out a St. Helena’s Information Form and return it to Valerie Fisher at the church office. 

Becoming a Member

The Parish Church of St. Helena welcomes new members! Those interested in joining the church should contact the church office to schedule an appointment with the clergy to discuss membership in our parish. Please keep in mind that you do not have to join the parish in a formal way in order to worship, attend classes, or participate in activities. And all baptized persons, adults and children, are always welcome to receive Holy Communion.

The following Q&A may answer some of your questions about joining St. Helena’s:

Q: What does being a member of St. Helena’s require?

A: Simply put, all membership rests finally on a public affirmation of membership by you, or, in the case of small children, by godparents, and incorporation into the church through the sacrament of Baptism.

Q: What if I am already baptized?

A: Any person baptized in any church with water in the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit may register with us to be counted as a baptized member of St. Helena’s. Again, all baptized Christians are welcome to partake of Holy Communion.

Q: What if I was baptized in another Episcopal or Anglican parish?

A: Those whose baptisms have been registered in the Episcopal or Anglican Church are considered baptized members. Upon reaching 16 years of age, baptized members are considered adult members.

Q: What if I am presently a member of another Episcopal or Anglican parish?

A: If you are presently a member of another Episcopal or Anglican parish, you can transfer your membership. Please provide our church office with the name and location of the church and the approximate dates of your membership. If you were confirmed there, provide the approximate date of your Confirmation. We will then send for a letter of transfer, or you may wish to contact your previous parish yourself.

Q: What if I am coming from another denomination or church?

A: If you are seeking to join the Episcopal/Anglican Church from another Christian church or denomination, and if you have been baptized with water and in the name of the Trinity, you may become a baptized member of the Episcopal/Anglican Church by having your birth date and place and baptismal date and place duly recorded in the register of St. Helena’s.

Q: What if I have not been baptized?

A: If you have not been baptized, contact the church office or speak with one of the clergy to arrange a baptism.

Q: What about Confirmation?

A: It is expected that all adult members of the Episcopal/Anglican Church will be confirmed at some point. Confirmation is when we express a mature commitment to Christ and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. A person needs to be baptized in order to be confirmed.

Q: What about being “Received” into the Episcopal Church, also known as “Reception?”

A: Persons who have been confirmed in another denomination by a bishop in the apostolic succession (most often Roman Catholic or Orthodox) are received by the bishop rather than confirmed. Persons are also received from churches in “full communion” with the Episcopal/Anglican Church. Confirmations and receptions occur during the Bishop’s annual visitation. Please consult with the clergy if you are interested in either Confirmation or reception. Classes for those preparing for Confirmation or reception are led by clergy and usually held before the Bishop’s annual visitation.

Q: Want to find out more?

A: Listen below to a teaching on Confirmation given by our Bishop, Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence:

http://your-cathedral.org/bishop-lawrence-what-is-confirmation/

 

If you have questions about the membership process or wish to transfer your existing membership to St. Helena’s, contact Valerie Fisher, Executive Assistant to Rector and Office Manager.
QUESTIONS?

Valerie Fisher, Exec. Assistant to Rector/Office Manager
Email: vfisher@sthelenas1712.org
Phone: (843) 522-1712, ext. 207 
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