You can become a member of the cathedral through Confirmation, Reception into the Church, and/or Reaffirmation of the Faith.
Becoming a Member of St. Paul
All are welcome at our worship services, prayer gatherings, study groups, and musical events. Membership in our church begins with being Baptized, Confirmed or Received, and involves regular attendance at worship and making a financial commitment of any amount to the mission and ministry of the cathedral.
Regular attendance at worship
The canonical requirement for attendance is that you receive the sacrament of Holy Communion at least three times per year. Our desire for our members is to enter fully into the life of cathedral through committed and faithful worship and ministry. Christian worship, like any kind of exercise, does not deliver its best effects when only practiced sporadically—rather it gains potency and importance through regular use and commitment.
Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ's Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God. Water is poured over the head in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, symbolizing being cleansed from sin. The newly baptised are also annointed with holy oil, symbolizing the indelible mark of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God's family the Church, and brings forgiveness of sins and new life in the Holy Spirit. It is required that we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Confirmation or Reception
Confirmation and Reception are the rites in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. To be confirmed, one must be baptized, sufficiently instructed in the Christian Faith, penitent for their sins, and ready to affirm their confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Those already confirmed in another confession or tradition reaffirm their commitment before a bishop, and are thereby received into the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion of Churches.
After prayerful discernment about what God desires of you, all members are asked to financially support the mission and ministry of the cathedral. All offerings are gratefully received and will be put to good use for the relief of the poor and the proclamation of the Gospel. Making a financial commitment is important, because it is a way to genuinely offer a part of your life and your labor to God, who is the giver of all that we have received.
If you would like more information or would like to speak with a staff member or one of the Clergy of the Cathedral, please contact us.