bJoining St. Gregory’s
Membership at St. Gregory’s is open to everyone, without exception. Members agree to worship together, support one another in service to the broader community, and help choose St. Gregory’s leaders. Members also pledge their time and money to the church: there’s no minimum amount, just a willingness to commit to a regular contribution. If you’re interested in becoming a member, please contact the church office, or the vestry’s , or talk to any member. You can join anytime.
We encourage potential members to meet with current members, staff and clergy to talk about their interests, and how they want to be involved. We also encourage you to read our Members’ Agreement, below, which was originally developed by the members in September, 1981 and revised in Spring, 1995, to give you background on how the congregation has seen the role of members.
Our rector, Paul Fromberg, recently spoke about membership during our 2013 parish mini-retreat. You can find the text of his talk here.
The Prayer Book describes the commitment all Christians make. The Members of St. Gregory Nyssen Church support this commitment with an Agreement that shapes our life and work:
We share Christ’s mission of service to the world, and we ask his Church’s support for loving our neighbors and finding ways to serve them. We support Members individually serving the community outside the Church, and we support having projects available for Members to work on together. At gatherings of Members we will share our experience of service.
Sharing is the chief joy of friendship; and God gives generously to us so that we can enjoy giving generously in return. By gifts to relieve the needy, to better our fellow creatures’ lives, to establish justice and to spread the Gospel, scripture says we are sharing with God. As we grow in gratitude and generosity we ask the Church’s support.
Following scripture’s guidance, we intend to share what God gives us - time and money and skills and other resources - for the charitable purposes God draws us to. We will share with St. Gregory’s Members our experience in discovering these purposes, and in progressing toward giving a tenth part or more.
As an important part of our giving we pledge money monthly to St. Gregory’s Church, and will inform the Treasurer of the specific amount. We ask the Treasurer to tell us periodically how our pledge stands.
We pledge time for giving all newcomers the welcome of Christ himself.
We will celebrate our friendship in Christ together at the Eucharist on Sundays, Holy Week and Easter. We take responsibility for bringing friends to share these celebrations.
Because God is drawing everyone into friendship, we support the education and growth of all who come to St. Gregory’s. We will share our experience and our gifts for this work, as may be appropriate in the Liturgy and elsewhere; and we ask the Church’s support in furthering our own conversation with God.
We will take responsibility for guidance and direction of the church.
We will participate in the annual selection of our Vestry and will support the Vestry in directing the work of St. Gregory’s Church.
We support Members’ community life through Members’ chapter.
We welcome all people as Members of St. Gregory’s Church when they choose to join us in this Agreement. We ask the Church’s prayers and support for keeping the Agreement; and we will notify the Vestry Convenors should we choose to leave the Membership.