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Q. How do I become a member of St. Paul’s?

A. Everyone who attends St. Paul’s is welcome to participate fully in all of the activities of our parish life including fellowship, education and ministry work. We encourage all visitors and participants to grow in their engagement with our community by engaging with one of our ministries, participating in adult formation programs, having children attend Sunday School, and becoming regular donors. We offer a tour for newcomers on the third Sunday of each month at 10:15 a.m., a time for casual conversation as you learn more about our campus and people.

All those who have already partaken in the sacrament of Baptism, whether in an Episcopal church or another Christian denomination, are eligible to be members of The Episcopal Church. If you are an Episcopalian coming from another congregation, you may also transfer your membership. Contact the office at 919-467-1477 or stpauls@stpaulscary.org to register your baptism or transfer.

Confirmation is not a requirement for membership, though it is a requirement for participation in some activities of the church: for example, to vote at parish meetings, to be a member of the vestry or nominate someone to said position, to be a diocesan or national convention delegate, and to be a Lay Eucharistic Minister.

Each year, we offer a Confirmation and Inquirer’s Retreat prior to the Bishop’s visit. It is an opportunity to find out more about the Episcopal Church and its traditions. This class is open to anyone, not just those wishing to be confirmed or received. Many who attend, however, do choose to establish their membership by participating in the sacrament of confirmation. Those already confirmed in another Christian tradition may be received into The Episcopal Church by the Bishop during his annual visit and are also invited to attend the Confirmation and Inquirer’s Retreat.

Q. If I attend St. Paul’s, am I considered a “member” for preschool registration?

A. You are considered a member if you have been contributing your time, talent or treasure to St. Paul’s by December 1 prior to the year of enrollment. Making a financial contribution, taking part in one of the ministries of St. Paul’s, completing a pledge card, teaching Sunday School, or serving on a committee are all considered contributions.

Q. If I am not a member of St. Paul’s, can I participate in the sacrament of the Eucharist (Communion)?

A. All baptized Christians are invited to participate in the Holy Eucharist. Others are welcome to come forward and receive a blessing.

Q. How does my family get included in the church directory?

A. Registering your information with the church office is all we need to include you in the directory. Please make sure we have your information on file by contacting stpauls@stpaulscary.org.