Is Seneca Presbyterian Church for me? 

Joining a congregation is a significant decision. Have I been welcomed by others? Does this congregation both nurture and challenge my faith? Do I feel comfortable in worship? Do I want to be associated with what this congregation stands for and is known for? 


As visitors get to know us better, they usually want to know more about the details of congregational life. Under the leadership of the Diaconate, we typically offer two opportunities per year to get to know us better along with getting to know some key leaders in the congregation. Each series of Inquirers' Classes offer three sessions focused on introductions of both prospective church members to each other and to long-standing SPC members to them, a brief overview of what it means to be a Presbyterian, and an introduction to key areas of church life. 


The classes are NOT required for church membership, but they are strongly encouraged. We hope they provide a good pathway for discerning if this congregation is a right fit for the person considering membership as well as a head start in feeling at home at church.  The schedule for the classes can vary, but most meet during the 10:00 hour on Sunday mornings. 


Anyone attending the Inquirers' Classes and wishing to join SPC would meet with representatives of the Session in order to be received into membership. This meeting typically takes place during the 10:00 hour on a Sunday morning. They would then be introduced to the congregation during a worship service sometime after that Sunday. Don't worry: you don't have to introduce yourself. One of your new friends in the congregation will do that for you! 

Commitments Made...

In many ways, joining a congregation is a direct call from God to choose to become part of a particular family of faith.


When anyone joins SPC, promises are both made and received. For the person joining, it is an opportunity to reaffirm faith in Jesus Christ and a personal commitment to discipleship. 


PROFESSION OF FAITH QUESTIONS

1. Do you acknowledge yourself to be a child of God: loved, cared for and claimed by God?

2. Do you believe that you are a sinner and that you need God’s forgiveness and presence in your life?

3. Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and do you trust him as your Savior and as Lord of your life?

4. With the help of the Holy Spirit, will you seek to obey God’s Word, serving God and showing God’s love to the world?

5. Do you promise to serve Christ in His Church and through this congregation by supporting and participating in its service to God and ministry to others to the best of your ability?


Elders represent this congregation in the reception of new members. They too make promises on behalf of this family of faith.


CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE

1. Does this congregation joyfully receive these brothers and sisters in faith into our family of faith?

2. Do we promise to care for them, pray for them, and welcome their service and gifts?

3. Do we rededicate ourselves to faithful discipleship in God’s world?