How can I become a member of Still Waters church? We bring people into membership three ways, transfers from other United Methodist churches, confirmation of the baptismal vows by our eighth graders, and finally through our new member classes. We offer four "Core" classes to prepare people for membership. Current members who have not yet taken the classes are also encouraged to attend. New member classes start each spring and fall, dates and details are announced annually. The next Membership Class will be held on Saturday, November 12th, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. Contact Pastor Lori for more information.
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. The history of the church is our history and forms the foundation of our faith. During this first class we learn about our Christian heritage.
- Early History of Christianity
- "Denominationalism" in America
- Core Christian Concepts: Sin, Grace, and Salvation
- The Biblical Narrative
John Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God's grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined living. During this second class we learn about John Wesley and others, and their influence on our church today.
- John Wesley
- Francis Asbury & Thomas Coke in America
- The Road from Methodist Episcopal to The United Methodist Church
- Grace and Christian Perfection
- Polity and Structure
Faith always includes a social dimension. One cannot be a solitary Christian. As we grow in faith through our participation in the church community, we are also nourished and equipped for mission and service to the world. During this third class we learn about Still Waters Church, who we are and what we do.
- Mission Statement
- Church Structure
- Current Ministries
- Vision for the Future
Faith is the basic orientation and commitment of our whole being - a matter of heart and soul. It's both a gift we receive within the Christian community and a choice we make. Faith is following Jesus, answering the call to be his disciples in the world. Joining a faith community is more than attending - it is belonging. During this fourth class we discuss what it means to "belong".
- "A Place to Belong"
- "Protecting the Unity of the Church"
- Vows and Covenants