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Exploring Membership

We welcome and encourage you to become a member of Christ Church! 

All those who are considering membership, or who have become members by Baptism are asked to participate in the offerings that have been especially formulated for prospective / new members and are designed to help you get to know Christ Church. They are:

Informational Campus Tours 

An informal way to get a basic introduction to Christ Church, ask questions, and meet clergy and staff. Includes a personal, guided tour of our Church, Chapel, Parish House, and All Saints Center. To schedule an appointment, contact Emily Davis, Director of Welcoming Ministries, at 864.672.4152.

Discovery Weekend

Discovery Weekend is designed for adults who are interested in confirmation, reaffirmation, or reception in the Episcopal Church. We also welcome and encourage participation from new members and those exploring membership who are seeking to know more about our parish ministries. This “in house” weekend will provide an opportunity to learn more about the Episcopal Church and Christ Church. During Discovery Weekend, information will be presented by clergy and lay leaders through worship, presentations, table discussion, and question/answer sessions. For more information, contact Emily Davis at 864.672.4152.

The next Discovery Weekend is September 29 - October 1. Sign up by filling out the form below or download a registration form.

Inquirers' Class

The Inquirers' Class is taught by a member of the clergy and allows participants to learn, in detail, key components of our faith while receiving answers to other questions, whether they fit the topic or not.These fun classes allow us to get to know each other better, ask and answer nagging questions about faith and practice, and, occasionally, stump the priest. The class will be held on Sunday mornings during the Sunday School hour (9:30 - 10:15 AM) beginning October 8.

Becoming a Member

Confirmation
Those who have been baptized and are joining Christ Church from another denomination and have requested their membership be transferred from the previous church.

Reception
Those who have been confirmed in the Greek Orthodox, Lutheran (ELCA) or Roman Catholic Churches and have attended Discovery Weekend. They have requested a transfer from their previous church to Christ Church.

Reaffirmation
Those who have previously been confirmed in the Episcopal Church and are transferring their membership to Christ Church. They have attended Discovery Weekend and would like to be reaffirmed by the Bishop.

Transfer: For those who wish to transfer to their membership from another Episcopal Church

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The following statement from our canons (the rules which govern our church life) set forth the basis for membership:
All persons who have received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, whether in this Church or in another Christian Church, and whose Baptisms have been duly recorded in this Church, are members thereof.

Which means that:
If you have never been baptized, and are baptized here, you become a member of Christ Church.
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If you were baptized in another Church (either another Episcopal Church or another Christian Church), and you transfer the record of that baptism to us, you become a member of Christ Church.