Joining Our Church
Please welcome our newest members to SMPC!
Check out the new member photos on the bulletin board in the
hallway outside the Sanctuary!!
Joining Our Church
If you are interested in joining our church, the Session meets the second Sunday of the month, immediately following the 10:00 a.m. worship service, for the purpose of receiving new members. If you have interest in membership, please contact Dr. Brown, Rev. Frech, Rev. Harrington, or Nancy Metzler.
In the Presbyterian Church, becoming a member
can be done in one of three ways:
Transfer of Church Letter
We will write to the church where you are currently a member and request a transfer.
Reaffirmation of Faith
For those who are not currently an active member of another church, a reaffirmation of your faith before the Session, the governing body of the church composed of elders.
Profession of Faith and Baptism
A profession of faith and scheduled baptism, for those who have never been baptized.
Whether joining by Transfer, Reaffirmation of Faith, or Profession of Faith,
those joining reaffirm their faith using the following litany:
Reaffirmation of Faith/Renewal of Baptismal Vows
Leader: The grace bestowed on us in baptism is sufficient because it is God's grace. By God's grace we are saved, and enabled to grow in the faith,and to commit our lives in ways which please God.Let us now claim that grace given us in baptism by renewing our baptismal vows, renouncing all that opposes God and God's kingdom,and affirming the faith of the holy catholic church.
All: Recognizing that all are sinners, dependent on the mercy of God, we profess our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord of all and savior of sinners, and we confess our dependence upon Christ for our salvation.We now resolve and promise, depending on the grace of the Holy Spirit, that we will seek to live as followers of Christ.We declare our intention to participate actively and responsibly in the worship and mission of the church.