Membership at CHS
All are welcome at Church of the Holy Spirit. You and your family are welcome to worship with us, to come to our classes and small group meetings, and to share life together. As a community of Jesus, we believe God’s welcome means you can belong before you believe. You need not identify as an Anglican to be one of us. We are one congregation of the church in Loudoun County, and in the worldwide body of Christ. Entrance into the Body of Christ is by faith, and is evidenced by Baptism. We dedicate or baptize children as infants, as parents prefer. Communion is open to those baptized and following Jesus as Lord.
The first step toward identifying with our congregation is what we call our “Welcome Ritual.” When you have decided to make us your home church, and you are ready to be introduced, Pastor Clancy introduces you and your family on Sunday morning, and asks you, “Have you decided to make Church of the Holy Spirit your home church – the primary place where you worship, serve, and give for the advance of the Kingdom of God?” You say “Yes,” and we greet you and pray for you. Now you “attend” CHS.
The second step is Membership. In order to become a Member of Church of the Holy Spirit, you must take our Membership Class – Class 102 – and verbally assent to the Membership Responsibilities below. Believers in the Lord Jesus who are 16 years or older are eligible to become members. We offer membership class twice a year, and it is completed on a single Saturday. You can be a member without being confirmed, and you can be confirmed without being a member. Look below for more information in Membership Responsibilities below.
The third step is Confirmation or Reception. We ask our high school students, when they have made a mature decision to follow Christ as Lord, to Confirm their faith publicly in this ancient rite with their personal testimony. We also encourage all our adult members to fully identify themselves with our movement and receive the blessing of our godly bishop, by being confirmed, received into the Anglican Communion, or reaffirmed. Class 105 is Confirmation. Offered every year, once every two years for youth, alternate years for adults.
Benefits of Membership in CHS
You are welcome to remain an attender, but we encourage you to fully identify with this local church body for as long as you are here. Some benefits:
- You are identified as a believer and supporter of our ministry.
- You are provided a Spiritual Family to support and encourage you in your walk with Christ.
- You come fully under the spiritual covering, authority, protection and teaching of godly leaders, including your Archbishop, Bishop, Rector, Clergy, and small group leader.
- You have the accountability you need to grow.
- You are eligible for service as a leader in our church.
- You are eligible to vote in Vestry elections to choose our leaders, and in congregational votes.
Membership Responsibilities (7/16)
1. I will Protect the Unity of Church of the Holy Spirit
a. by acting in love toward other members
b. by refusing to gossip
c. by following the pastors and leaders
d. by speaking blessings and encouragement to others
2. I will Share the Responsibility of my Church
a. by praying for its growth and ministry, and for our leaders and members
b. through “Prayer, Care, and Share”: praying for unchurched neighbors, serving them in love, and sharing a verbal witness with them of God’s work in your life
c. by inviting others to Weekend Worship, small group, or other events
d. by joining a small group, and mentoring one younger person in the church
3. I will Serve the Ministry of my Church
a. by discovering my gifts and passion
b. by being equipped to serve
c. by developing a servant’s heart
d. by serving in at least one ministry for those in the church, and one ministry for those outside the church
4. I will Support the Witness of my Church
a. by attending weekly worship faithfully, and by living a godly life
b. by giving regularly, sacrificially, and proportionally (10% of your gross income to CHS or toward 10%)
c. by joining with Christians from other churches to transform our community
I agree that though I may fall short of these responsibilities, that I will support these standards in our congregation.