What is membership?
A member of Trinity is someone who participates actively in the life of this community, who supports the mission of the church through worship, formation and service and who sustains our mission financially. To become a member of Trinity, or to find out more information please reach out to us. We are happy to answer any questions, and offer guidance about baptism, confirmation, reception, membership transfer, and making a financial gift to support our mission.
The Episcopal Church experiences the fullness of God’s grace through the Sacraments. The Book of Common Prayer describes Holy Baptism as "full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s body, the Church. The bond which God establishes at Baptism is indissoluble" (p. 298).
Enduring, imperishable, and eternal, one’s baptism cannot be tarnished or repeated. As adoption into the body of Christ and the church, baptism received as an infant or as an adult is a commitment to new and abundant life in Christ. At baptism, the person being baptized vows to accept Jesus Christ as Savior, to trust in his grace and love, and to follow him as Lord (BCP, pp. 302-303).
Infant and Child Baptism
Infants and young children are baptized in front of the congregation as parents, sponsors, and godparents make vows to raise the child in the Christian faith and show by their example their own commitment to being disciples.
To have your child baptized at Trinity, one parent should be an active parishioner participating in worship, service, formation, and stewardship at Trinity. It is recommended that the family meet with a member of Trinity's clergy in the months preceding the baptism to prepare as a family.
Baptismal candidates should take time to pray and consider their faith journey in preparation for their baptism. Trinity's clergy are available to provide discernment and support.Adults and children, who have not been baptized previously and can speak for themselves, do so at their baptism. Candidates are encouraged to have a sponsor (who has already been baptized) present at their baptism, ready to support them along their faith journey and within the body of the Church.
As disciples, adults are active in all of the transformational areas of life at Trinity; in worship, service, formation, and stewardship, at the ready to live into the mission of the church.
Godparents / Sponsors
The responsibility of godparents and sponsors is to vow and support, by word and by example, the baptismal candidate as they grow and mature in the Christian faith. Godparents should be prepared to share their faith and guidance and to pray for and with the child. Sponsors of adult baptismal candidates carry the same responsibilities, sharing prayer and support for living into one's baptismal promises.
2020 Baptism Dates and Registration
Please fill out the registration form, selecting your preferred baptism date, and wait for a response from our baptism coordinator, Tina Grant ( ) to verify registration.
Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the candidates "express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop" (BCP, p. 860). At Confirmation, a person is recognized as having ownership of the promises made by their parents, Godparents, and the church at their baptism. That person is expected to live out their Baptismal Covenant with their spiritual gifts and resources.
Each year, confirmands gather in advance of the bishop’s visit to attend classes together and to prepare for this milestone in their faith journey. These classes discuss the foundation of Scripture, what it means to be a Disciple of Jesus, incorporating Prayer and spiritual practices in our daily lives, the history and theology of the Sacraments, and “the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement” as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls it.
The 2020 date for Confirmation is June 28th with Bishop Morris K. Thompson, Jr. To prepare, confirmation candidates should attend one of the class tracks below.
If you are ready to take the next step to membership at Trinity Church, please fill out the form below. A member of our clergy will reach out to you to get started.