Joining Our Church

How do I become a Christian?

Baptism marks the beginning of a new life in Christ. To become a member of any Episcopal Church, including St. James’, baptism is the first step. If you’ve never been baptized, learn more about baptism by exploring these frequently asked questions, then contact the Vicar to explore your interest.

What does it mean to be a member of St. James’?

St. James’ members are expected to help the Church carry out its mission of restoring all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

This work is carried out by all lay persons in their work of ministry, which is to bear witness to Christ wherever you may be, and carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world.  Members are asked to take their place in worship regularly, and to remain faithful in working, praying, and giving for the benefit of the Kingdom of God.

How do I move my membership record to St. James’ from another church?

If you have previously been a member of another church, and would like to transfer your church membership to St. James’, contact the church office. You’ll be asked to provide some basic information about yourself so that we may complete your membership record and notify your previous church.


What is baptism and why is it important?

Baptism is the sacrament by which we are adopted as God’s children, made members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and become inheritors of the Kingdom of God.  At baptism, we publicly renounce the forces of evil in the world, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.  We are baptized with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and are welcomed officially into the fellowship of believers, the Church.


How do I sign up for Confirmation?

How can I prepare for and schedule confirmation?

Before you may be confirmed, you are asked to participate in a preparatory class. Several opportunities are offered during the year, including “Christianity 101”, a Sunday morning series, and an Extended Discovery Series, an evening class. Please check the church calendar or call 472-1196 for the schedule of classes.