YOU are invited to become a member of the First United Methodist Church of Stamford. Membership at First is a willingness to commit your witness, prayers, presence, gifts, and service to the ministry of Christ through participation in the community of faith at First UMC. When you are ready to commit your life to Christ in this way, we are ready to commit to you as a fellow member of the community of faith.
The first step of church membership is Baptism. For an overview of Baptism, please return to the homepage, and click on Baptism.
Once an adolescent or adult person is baptized, they are encouraged to become a church member. Some people will be baptized and become church members on the same day. When a person chooses to become a church member they will be asked to publicly respond to four questions addressed to them by the worship leader in the context of Worship:
question 1: Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin?
question 2: Do you accept the freedom and the power that God gives each of us to resist evil injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?
question 3: Do you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, put your whole trust in God’s grace, and promise to serve Christ in union with people of all ages, nations, and races?
question 4: Will you support the ministry of Christ through the First United Methodist Church of Stamford with your witness, your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service?
If a person is ready and willing to publicly respond affirmatively to these questions in Worship, they will be joyously received into the membership of the church; there are no other prerequisites.
On the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, a membership class will generally be held at the church immediately following worship. The membership class is for everyone: prospective members, new members, and long-standing members of the church. The membership class is not meant to qualify a person for membership, but rather to orient a person to church membership so that they can get the most out of their participation in the life of the church.
If you desire to become a member of the First UMC of Stamford, please contact Pastor Hewitt at 203-914-7886.