We want you to Belong to Jesus
Come as you are
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at Wesley Freedom. You do not have to become a member in order to participate in worship, many areas of serving, and small groups or classes. Whether you are new to us or have been attending a while, we would love to have a conversation to help you navigate your way.
For United Methodists, membership in the Church catholic (all Christians across denominations) comes through baptism, which is open to both infants and adults. The next stage in faith is "Professing Membership" (which is called Confirmation in other traditions), and is when someone makes a public statement of belief and commits to living as a disciple within a local church.
Wesley Freedom offers New Member Classes at least 2x per year - usually in the Summer and either the Fall or Spring (sometimes both, depending on interest). These classes run 12 weeks and contain a very basic Bible Study for anyone unfamiliar with Christian beliefs as well as an introduction to what living as a Methodist looks like (prayer, worship, sacraments, etc). This class will also go over what promises we make when someone becomes a Methodist and what they mean. After this class, participants will be invited to make these promises during a worship service to become Professing Members. If you haven't been baptized before, this would happen in the same service.
Membership on certain administrative committees and voting at our church's annual business meeting is reserved for professing members, but all meetings (with a few exceptions) are open to community attendance (without voice or vote). The full United Methodist policy on open meetings can be viewed here.
We do ask that anyone who transfers their membership also take our New Member Class so that everyone joining Wesley Freedom comes in with a small community of people who you have had the chance to get to know.
A Class on Discipleship
There is no better time than right now to become a part of Wesley Freedom. Through our new, 12-week Next Steps Membership Class you can learn the basics of the biblical story, what it means to be a United Methodist, and find the place within the church that God has prepared just for you!
Each Next Steps member will work through short, daily activities from the Disciple’s Path workbook
Joining in membership
Once you are ready to make or renew your membership vows to Christ and the Church, you will make a commitment in a service of worship before the congregation. If you are not baptized, this would be the time for baptism as well.
Baptism – Through baptism, we are welcomed into the family of Christ, given new birth through water and the Spirit, offered a sharing in Christ’s death and resurrection, cleansed from our sin. All of this is God’s gift, offered to us without price. Baptism is the welcome rite of the church—we offer it to people of all ages as a sign of God’s prevenient grace.
Infants Seeking Baptism– If you would like a pastor to baptize your child, please set up a meeting with a pastor to discuss the vows and meaning of baptism. To schedule a baptism, please contact our church office.
Adults Seeking Baptism – If you are called to baptism, first speak with one of our pastors. Usually, adult baptisms will occur after you complete our Next Steps New Member class.
Profession of faith — This is a first-time public commitment to Christ. The profession of faith makes someone a “professing member” which is the sort of membership needed to vote in church meetings and serve on our leadership committees.
Reaffirmation of faith — A reaffirmation of your commitment to Christ. These occur periodically throughout the year during our worship services. During these occasions, every baptized person present is invited to re-make their baptismal & membership vows.
Confirmation—We invite our 8th graders to go through a year-long process of confirming their baptism and reaffirming their faith. On Confirmation Sunday, they join the church!