On the fourth Thursday of each month, instead of having a regular Men's and Women's Bible studies, we band together to do an outreach activity and have a meal together. This month, we will be having a potluck-style meal at Katherine Rick's apartment and then going into downtown Wayne to pray for the town and hand out hand warmers with CCA info attached. We would love for you to join us! For more information, please contact Katherine Rick.
This class will be offered after the service on Sunday on January 11, 18, and 25 from about 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parlour behind the Main Sanctuary at Wayne UMC.
One key way we manifest Christ’s presence in our lives is by being attached to a local body of believers who bear his name. These bodies are known as “assemblies” (kononia) or “churches,” all of which around the world together are Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. All baptized Christians are part of this global Church, yet all Christians are a part of it by way of their attachment to a particular local church.
While the New Testament doesn’t explicitly use the language, we have provided a formal structure to recognize and honor this local connection at Christ Church Anglican which we, like many churches, call membership. While formal membership is a recognized category in our parish bylaws and is necessary to perform certain ministries at our church, we’ve never done much to educate people on what it means, what its responsibilities are, what its benefits are, and perhaps most importantly, how it relates to the fundamental call of all Christians to be disciples of the manifested Lord of glory.
For this reason, over the next three Sundays after our main service (January 11, 18, and 25), we will be hosting a membership class that will attempt to root commitment to our local body in the broader New Testament principles of discipleship. Topics to be covered in those three days include:
The class will conclude with the signing of a simple covenant to be a member of Christ Church Anglican with a term of one year. Such an action will represent the “formal request by writing” to become a member as expressed in our parish bylaws.
Anyone who desires to become a member of Christ Church Anglican for the first time will be required to attend all three classes. However, since this is the first time we have offered this class at all, I strongly encourage all currently active members to make every effort to attend the course.
Starting this year, all membership terms will need to be renewed every year, though no one will be required to take the class itself more than once. This one year term is not meant to be an unnecessary burden, but an annual reminder of what membership in our parish involves.
Some quick caveats about membership at Christ Church: