All are welcome to become members of this parish, and we are happy you have chosen to take the next step and join The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
Whether you have been baptized or confirmed, have belonged to a previous Episcopal parish or a church of a different denomination, or are new to church altogether, the first step in joining is to tell us a little about you below so that we can help you become part of the community here at Good Shepherd and can answer any questions you have for us.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Depending on where you are on your faith journey, there are a few ways for you to join: Baptism, Confirmation or through a Letter of Transfer.
Baptism is considered as the foundation of a Christian life. Throughout the year, baptisms are held on particular Sundays according to the liturgical calendar. Baptisms are held at the 9:15a and 10:30a worship services, on a first-come, first-serve basis, and are able to accommodate 4-5 families on baptism Sundays. We understand baptism as initiation into Christian community during a public worship service – so that our whole parish celebrates baptism with you and welcomes the newly baptized into the church. Because of this, our clergy do not perform private baptisms. If you would like to be baptized, or you’d like to schedule a baptism for your child, please visit our Baptism page.
Confirmation represents a mature commitment to Christ and to the Episcopal faith. Reception is for those adults who have been confirmed as members of certain other denominations. Reaffirmation is for those adults who have been confirmed in the Episcopal church, but have experienced a renewal of faith or desire to renew their Christian commitment and baptismal vows. Confirmation, reception and reaffirmation all involve participating in either a Dedicate Retreat or by attending our Episcopal 101 classes on Sunday, each held periodically throughout the year.
For those who are already Episcopalian, you officially become a member of Good Shepherd when your previous parish sends a ‘letter of transfer’ to Good Shepherd. If you would like to transfer your membership from another Episcopal church, please give us your information below and we will request your former parish to send your letter to us.
Thank you for visiting with us online today. We’re delighted that you’re here! Please join us again soon for one of our many virtual offerings, including worship and formation gatherings for all ages.
We hope to welcome you more personally and get to know you. If you would like to learn more about our community, have questions about service times, our mission and vision, upcoming outreach events — or if you would like to be added to our email list — please connect with us. We look forward hearing from you!
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