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Membership

There are both formal and informal ways to become a member of St. Peter’s. If you have any questions about these steps, please don’t hesitate to contact our Church Office at 215-887-1765.

 

Transfer of Membership

 

If you are a baptized member of another Episcopal Church, you need to contact your former parish and request that they send a letter of transfer of membership.

If you have been a member of more than one parish, but do not believe you have ever officially had your membership transferred, then you must contact the parish where you were baptized and have them send a copy of your baptismal certificate to us.

Adult Inquirers’ Class/Confirmation Process

 

We also encourage those who are not Episcopalians to consider going through an intentional Adult Inquirers’ Class which may lead to the sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation is a mature statement of Christian faith made before a bishop to receive the strengthening power of the Holy Spirit. Baptized adults from another Christian tradition who were never confirmed are also asked to receive the sacrament. Adults who have already been confirmed in another tradition such as the Roman Catholic or Lutheran Churches are received into the Episcopal Church without having to renounce the previous rite.

Adult Confirmation/Reception Classes from April 17-May 

Rev. Barb will hold four preparation classes on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on Zoom from April 17 to May 7 for adults who would like to either be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. As part of his parish visitation, Bishop Daniel Gutiérrez will perform confirmations and receptions at St. Peter's during the 10 am service on Pentecost, May 19.

 

In the Episcopal Church, Baptism is considered full membership in the Christian faith. In the sacrament of Confirmation, baptized youths and adults make a formal, mature affirmation of the faith and commitment to the responsibilities of the Baptismal promises before the bishop, who marks the sacrament with the laying on of hands. Christians of other faiths who have not already been confirmed by a bishop would be considered members of the Episcopal Church with this ritual. 

 

The Rite of Reception is reserved for those who have been baptized and confirmed in another Christian tradition and who seek to be full members of the Episcopal Church. This commitment is also made in the presence of the bishop. 

 

The four adult preparation classes will explore questions that adult candidates have about the faith and beliefs of the Episcopal Church. If you would like to attend these sessions with the intention of Confirmation or Reception, or if you are interested in Baptism in the Christian Faith, please contact Rev. Barb at stpeter654rector@gmail.com or call 215-887-1765.

 

Litany of Welcome

 

On the fourth Sunday of every month (Come 4th Sunday) we offer our Litany of Welcome in the midst of the 10 a.m. service. All newcomers are invited to participate in this brief ceremony as a public way to affirm your and your family’s desire to be a member of this community. It also allows the congregation the opportunity to welcome you and to pray with you.

Baptisms

If you or your child is not baptized, you are encouraged to contact our office at 215-887-1765 so that our clergy can begin preparing you for your baptism. Baptisms are held here 3 or 4 times a year in the midst of the 10 a.m. service. We welcome anyone who wishes to be baptized to do so at one of those services. Those baptized in another tradition do not need to be baptized again in the Episcopal tradition.

Weddings

St. Peter’s welcomes those who wish to consider having their wedding ceremony in our community. A marriage usually takes place at St. Peter’s when at least one of the persons to be married is a member of the parish or is an immediate family member of a parishioner. However, we also welcome those who are not members to use our space for such a special occasion. If you are interested in reserving our space for your special day, the following information will help you:

  • As the first step to beginning the preparations process of marriage at St. Peter’s, please click here to read St. Peter’s Wedding Procedures.

  • After you have reviewed the wedding booklet, please schedule an initial appointment with our clergy at stpeter654rector@gmail.com.

 

Thank you for your interest in St. Peter’s as a holy place in which to begin your new life together!

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