Want to know how — not why — to become a Member of St. John’s Episcopal church in Aptos, CA?
There’s 4 “must do” requirements to become a Member of the body of Christ located at St. John’s.
Perhaps you need help meeting those requirements? If so, we ‘ll help you meet those requirements.
[Please note: This was written tongue-in-cheek to point to some important, underlying issues. One issue: Is 100% of St. John’s church vestry — the people that make the legal decisions for the church — are they listed as Communicants on the church books? Yes or No? If the answer is No, then are the decisions made by St. John’s vestry legal and binding? Ask a lawyer!
Another issue: People serve in many leadership capacities at St. John’s. How many of these ‘ministers’ — that’s ‘all of us’ per the back cover of the weekly service bulletin — listed as Communicants? If not, then who is entitled to vote in the upcoming election in Dec. 2017?
The NEW Bylaws state that you have to be a Member for six months in order to vote. Per the new rules, only persons listed as Communicants can vote in the next election in Dec. 2017. Oh dear! What to do?
It is easy to find out who is a Communicant at St. John’s. Look in the Index of the (green) book for Communicants. It’s kept in the church office.
You can readily check the Index of the book for Communicants and see whether you are listed. The church is very supportive behind the scene to assist all people to update their church records.]
So — What are those “must do” requirements for basic Membership at St. John’s?
You must be baptized. Were you baptized — but you don’t have a copy of the record? We’ll help you track down your baptismal record. Where ever it happened and when ever.
2). There must be a record of your baptism listed in St. John’s church records. Perhaps you know that you were baptized but never submitted the record to St. John’s Episcopal church in Aptos, CA? . We will help you. We will submit the record of your baptism to the church authorities — and we will take a photo/ video of the page so that you know that it’s been accurately recorded in the church records.
3). You must take communion (wafer and wine) 3 times during the current year. Unless physically indisposed.
Discretely, we will photograph/ video you receiving communion 3 times. By recording it, no one, i.e., such as the Executive Committee of St. John’s, can kill your membership application by inuendo — questioning whether you actually received communion 3 times this last year. Yes, it sounds odd but you never know who believes what about whom these days. To be on the safe side, we suggest that you wear different clothes when you are photographed during communion.
4). Participate in life of parish. There are a multitude of ways that you can participate. What’s important is that there is an actual record of how you participated. A record that you can submit to the church when you apply for Membership.
Perhaps you open the church doors for services ? Perhaps you have carpentry skills? Or perhaps you do child care and can help out in the nursery? Maybe you work in a school cafeteria and can make cookies for a bake sale?
However you contribute, we will photograph/ video your contributions to the life of the parish. And we will submit those records to St. John’s as part of your application to be a Member at St. John’s Episcopal in Aptos, CA.
Cost of this service? Absolutely free. Send requests for assistance to DrCameronJackson@gmail.com
To become a Member of St. John’s episcopal church you must meet the above listed 4 requirements.
There are other levels of Membership which you can achieve.
To become a Voting Member you must meed 6 additional requirements including the laying on of hands by Bishop Mary.
And, should you want to run for the church board (Vestry) you must meet one more requirement — a donation of money to either the Building Fund or the Undesignated fund. And that donation of money must be recorded in the financial books of the church.
Summary: Are you thinking of serving on the church board? This is what you must do: Meet the 4 requirements (to be a Member) + 6 additional requirements including the laying on of hands by Bishop Mary (to be a Voting Member) + 1 Financial Requirement of money to one of two funds (to serve on the Church board).
If you want help with the first 4 steps — so you are a Member of the Body of Christ at St. John’s Episcopal in Aptos — help is available.
P.S. for those who have read this far — this was initially written tongue-in-cheek. Not intended as a joke nor to be funny but to underscore important issues.