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!