Old First is a deliberately open community. We try to meet people where they are. And allow them to participate here as they see fit, however it works best for them. But in order to be a community like that, we have some needs too. There’s working involved in being a community that’s available how and when people want or need to turn to it. Perhaps, that’s a way to understand “becoming a member of the church.”
Church is a community dedicated to serve. And people who are members are the ones who’ve signed up to do the work (some behind the scenes and some up front and unmissable) that is necessary for this community to be available to others. Of course, membership isn’t only selflessness. In the Christian faith, we believe that there is a self-fulfilling reward in serving. So membership is taking on some added responsibility. But it also comes with a deepening of the rewards of being involved in the church.
If you want to learn more, plan to stay around after worship on Oct. 19. We’ll share a light lunch and have a conservation that opens up some of the responsibilities and rights and rewards of joining the church.
The new members will join the church during worship on Nov. 2, All Saints Sunday.
(It’s be helpful if you let us know that you will be attending: you can indicate so in the pew pads on Sunday, or let Michael or the office know.)