Frequently Asked Questions – New Members Class
Why should I become a member of Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church?
Church membership is a way in which Christians live out their faith in the covenant community of God’s people. Obviously there are Christians who are not church members due to various personal scruples, however the willingness to commit oneself to a local fellowship of believers is honoring to God. It also acknowledges the benefit of walking with other Christians on the journey of faith and is a biblical part of Christian maturity. A membership commitment is a way to say “thank you” to the Lord through faithful service to a local body of believers. When a person becomes a member of our congregation they profoundly encourage our current members as we carry out together our almost 150 commitment to sharing God’s love on our Island
What are the requirements for membership?
To be a member of a Presbyterian (PCUSA) congregation, you must profess Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Before you join the church, you will meet with the FridayHarbor Session and be given the opportunity to tell your faith story. At a service of worship, you will once again be asked to publicly profess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Members are received by letter of transfer from other Christian congregations, affirmation of faith and profession of faith
What are the privileges and responsibilities of Church membership?
Church members are able to fully participate in the life and work of the congregation. Members vote for the congregation’s officers, bylaws, the call of the Pastor and on property decisions. As members, they commit to pray for the congregation, take part in its service and to support it financially.
What about baptism?
Presbyterians do not re-baptize any one who has received Christian baptism in any other church whether as an adult or infant. Church members may present their children for baptism. Unbaptized youth are asked to attend a youth communicant’s class when they are ready for church membership.
What do Presbyterians believe?
The short answer is that we believe the historic Christian faith. Our theological tradition traces back to the Reformation of the 16th Century and the writings of John Calvin. Reformation theology emphasizes a personal relationship with God through Christ. Our theological themes are: Faith, Scripture and Grace .The Bible is our authority for faith and practice. We also take guidance from historic Christian confessions such as the Apostle’s Creed. The word “Presbyterian” does not refer to any unique theological doctrines, but rather a form of governance. “Presbyterian” refers to our church form of government i.e. “A church governed by elders.”
Can my membership be reinstated?
If a person has been a member of FHPC in the past and for whatever reason ceased to be a member they may ask the session to reinstate their membership. In such cases attendance at a new members class is encouraged for sake of review of the membership commitment.