There are two categories of those who regularly participate at GCPC: members and adherents. While there is no difference between the two categories in terms of pastoral care, inclusion in worship and activities, participation in the sacrament of Communion, etc. there are certain roles and duties that only members may carry out. These include serving as Elders and being able to vote to call a new minister — both situations which are upcoming in our church.
It should be noted that if you were baptized as an infant this does not “automatically” make you a member, nor does having been a member of another congregation in the past make you “automatically” a member at Guildwood. If you are unsure if you are currently a member at Guildwood, please contact the Clerk of Session, Bruce Morrison, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership is a very personal choice, and everyone in our community of faith is encouraged to consider membership as both an affirmation of your faith and showing support for our church. If you are not currently a member and would like to learn more about membership please reach out to Rev. Bob Smith or Rev. Helen Smith through the office. You may also consider this article from the Presbyterian Church in Canada that describes church membership in more detail.
Thank you for prayerfully considering becoming a member of our church.
A version of this message first appeared in the Saturday, December 5, 2020, edition of Tidbits.