As we emerge from the Covid Pandemic, we are learning how vitally important relationships are in our faith community. We missed being together in worship, in fellowship, in board and committee meetings and in all the events we so love to do.
But we also learned there are new ways to be in relationship with each other which are just as meaningful. We receive six new members this past June and one of them was our first ever “virtual” member! She lives out of state but feels a connection to our church she has unable to find anywhere else. It also allows her additional opportunities to connect with her own family members here who are already members. As a virtual member, she is free to participate in the life of the church as fully as she would like, including serving on boards or committees. She’s even experienced with attending events such as the New Members Brunch when she joined us via FaceTime!
God is indeed doing a new thing!
Church membership is open to all. You may join the church by baptism if you have never been baptized before, by affirmation of baptism or by letter of transfer from a previous church where you held membership.
Why become a member? Ultimately that’s a question for you to answer! Membership in the UCC Westerly church is, in the final analysis, about making a commitment to yourself to grow in your relationship with God and with Jesus by your active participation in our faith community. Does one have to join to participate fully? Not really, although there are some board and officer positions in the church which only members can hold. And, only members can vote in Congregational meetings. So, if you want to have a say in the way the church functions, being a member is the best way