Confirmation and Membership Opportunities in 2018
In 2018, confirmation service is being considered to take place on Sunday, May 20th. New and transferring members are formally accepted on this day. In order to become confirmed or a member, more information is provided as follows:
Confirmation, New Members, and Transfer of Membership
All persons who gather at Bethany United for their spiritual care are part of our church family. Period. However, there are certain types of congregational votes and offices where only "members" can vote or serve. These opportunities are extremely rare but there are many of you who ask me how one becomes a member at Bethany. There are two ways to do this. 1) If you are already a member of another church you can write/call that church and ask them to send us confirmation of your membership and your intention to transfer or 2) if you not already a member of any church you can participate in one-on-one sessions with Kevin reviewing the United Church history, governance and practice. The day we would welcome new members, transferred or otherwise, would be May 20, 2018 If you are interested in joining the church please let Kevin know as soon as possible. Obviously the later you leave this the harder it will be to include you in the May 20th service.
We would like to hear from any youth in grade 8 or higher who would like to be confirmed on May 20th this year. We need at least four people committed in order to run the program, so please let us know by Sunday, February 18th if you would like to be part of our confirmation class this year. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Louisa (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ann (email@example.com) and we will be happy to chat. Thank you!
There is no need to be confirmed or formally join Bethany to be part of our faith community. All are welcome to attend our services or participate in our many activities. We urge you to contact Rev. Kevin and/or Louisa or Ann, even if you are not yet sure whether you wish to be confirmed or become a member of Bethany. It is important to note, however, that in some instances of decision making (i.e., on important matters facing the church), or to participate in some of the boards and committees within the church, membership is required.
Full contact information for our minister and program coordinators can be found here.