How to Join

How do I become a member of First United Methodist Church?

First of all, you do not need to be a member of this or any other church to participate in worship, Communion, or other church activities at First UMC. 

Membership is for those who have been baptized, or will be, and who desire to formalize their commitment to the church by taking a vow to support the church with their prayers, their financial gifts, their time and talents, and by being an active participant in the life of the church.

Baptism

You become a part of the body of Christ, the Church Universal, by being baptized into it or by reaffirming your baptism.  Baptism is a ritual made up of questions and promises, prayer, and washing.  In most United Methodist churches Baptism is accomplished by sprinkling.  Sometimes it is done by pouring or immersion, but you will choose which way you want to be baptized.  Youth and adults go through a time of preparation and instruction before they are baptized.  In the case of infants and children, the parents receive instruction.  In this way they are helped to know God, the meaning of being "members of the body," and what it is they are committing themselves to.

Baptism initiates a covenant of relationship between God and the baptized person and between the church and the person.  When you are baptized or affirm your baptism, the congregation enacts God's grace toward you and welcomes you into the community of faith. 

Membership

As a response to God's gracious initiative in Baptism, you will be asked to pledge your loyalty to the life and ministries of The United Methodist Church and to promise to uphold First UMC with your prayers, presence, gifts and service.  You will then be part of the universal Church and part of a particular community of Christians where you are known and watched over in love.

Varied pathways

Since all that seek to be members come with different experiences and backgrounds, there are a number of pathways to follow in becoming a member of First UMC.

If you have never been baptized and you desire to be a Christian you will prepare for baptism. 

If you were baptized as an infant or young child and have not made a profession of faith and been confirmed, then you will prepare to reaffirm your baptismal covenant.

If you are a member of another part of the church (such as Baptist, Presbyterian or Lutheran), then you will want to prepare to transfer your membership from that church to First UMC.

If you are a member of another Christian church that does not transfer membership, you will want to prepare to make a profession of faith and be received as a member.

If you have any questions about the journey of becoming a Christian and a member of First UMC, contact the church office at 985-748-5353 or info@amiteumc.org. We would love to answer your questions and help you discern what next steps you want to take.