Some have asked, why bother to become a member of the church; isn’t it sufficient to just attend and participate without making it official?
It is indeed true that one does not need to be a member to participate fully in the life of the congregation. Any person can attend worship and classes, as well as join in activities and receive pastoral care, all without being a member.
So, why bother becoming a member then? The short answer is that becoming a member of the church is the best way to take seriously the living out of one’s baptismal vows.
Just what those vows are and how we are called to live them out will be the focus of the next membership classes offered by Reverend Reigler. In addition topics such as Baptism, Holy Communion, worship, John Wesley (founder of the Methodist Movement), the history both of Methodism and Montague UMC, as well as the basics of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ will be covered in the class.