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How to Join

Membership is, most simply, a stated commitment to your faith journey.   Of course, it is not necessary to be a member of Sharon Presbyterian to live the faith and enjoy this community.   But we believe it is an important step.

The meaning of membership

Membership is established by baptism, one of only two sacraments.  That there are only two reflects its importance to the statement of faith.  Living as a stated member within Christian community is considered important because it demonstrates a commitment to:

Worship & praise together.  Services, events, music, and  readings all help us maintain our focus and grateful thanks on the one true God.

Support each other within a community with a consistent set of values.  Enjoy hobbies and interests in community of faith.  Develop our children.  Teach and learn, as we study God's will together.

Serve the rest of the world in need, as a group.  Missions, volunteerism, and financial giving are  a way to reflect that whatever we have is by the grace of God alone.  As a group, we are able to have a greater impact on our neighbors in need than as individuals.

Witness God's love to others so they might find that joy.  As an active invitation or a simple reflection of God’s spirit in our lives, we are able to help others find the peace and joy that we have discovered in the strength of a growing relationship with God.

The governance of Presbyterian church is by the members.  You have the opportunity to drive decisions that affect the church as well as its impact on our community by voting on issues, participating in decision-making groups, and even holding an elected committee position.  

How to Join

We hope you will join Sharon Presbyterian Church as a member.  The first step is a conversation with the pastors to share your faith journey and confirm what it means to be a part of the Presbyterian faith. 

If you have never been a member of a Christian church, you are invited to share your Profession of Faith and Baptism with congregation.  The Presbyterian church baptizes through sprinkling.

If you have been a member of church in the past but may no longer be on that church’s roll, you may renew your vows with this congregation.  We call this a “reaffirmation of faith”.

If you wish to transfer a current membership from another congregation, we will help form a letter of transfer and introduce you to the Sharon congregation.

If you desire to formally unite with our congregation while retaining your full membership in your home church, wherever that church may be, you may become an “Affiliate Member”.  Affiliate members are entitled to all the rights of membership except voting in congregational meetings and holding an office (ie. “elder”).

New Member Classes and Activities

We have periodic opportunities to meet other members and gain a greater understanding of this congregation's diverse ministry opportunities and learn about opportunities for you to get connected within Sharon….  Questions? Contact Merrill Tibbals, Serving Committee at Merrill.Tibbals@gmail.com

What are the vows I take when I become a member?

Through the affirmation of faith, via discussion with the pastor, you will be asked the following questions:

Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God, justly deserving God’s displeasure, and without hope except in God’s sovereign mercy?

Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and depend upon Christ alone for your salvation as offered in the gospel? 

Do you promise to serve Christ in the church by supporting and participating in its service to God and its ministry to others to the best of your ability? 

As a part of your commitment within the Presbyterian faith, the body of Christ, ie. the congregation, also shares  a commitment to support your spiritual growth.