Joining the Church
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. However, membership in a church family is a vital part of the Christian experience. 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 this local church with their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness.
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. The United Methodist Church accepts and affirms the Baptism from other Christian denominations.
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.
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, service, and witness. 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.
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. We encourage you to contact one of our pastors Rev. Karl S. Klaus , Rev. Tiffany Z. Lyon, Rev. Wade Landeche, or either by email or phone (985)-643-6437. As well, you may contact the Welcoming Ministries Director, Leslie Landeche either by email or phone (985)-643-6437. Anyone of them will give you more information about the journey of becoming a Christian and membership at First UMC. Answering your questions and helping you discern what next steps to take is one of the highlights of their ministry.