Becoming a Member
Valley welcomes all who trust in God's grace in Jesus Christ and desire to become part of the fellowship and ministry of the church.
We are delighted that you are interested in exploring membership at Valley Community Presbyterian Church. Individuals wishing to join the church may meet with the Session on the second Sunday of each month following the 10:00 a.m. worship service in the Fireside Room. You may join by:
- Profession of Faith and Baptism (for those who have never been baptized),
- Reaffirmation of Faith (for those who are not currently active members of another church), or
- Transfer of Church Letter (for those on the active role of another church).
- Affiliate Membership is also an option for those who are in Portland on a short-term, temporary basis. This category is especially appropriate for college students.
Once you are received into membership by the Session, you will profess or reaffirm your faith in worship and be welcomed into our faith community.
Profession and Reaffirmation of Faith
Those joining the church as active members are asked to profess or reaffirm their faith in front of the congregation during worship. New members are asked these three questions:
- Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world?
- Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love?
- Will you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love?
What Does Membership Mean?
Membership is a joy and a privilege. It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission. A faithful member bears witness to God’s love and grace and promises to be involved responsibly in the ministry of Christ’s Church. Such involvement includes:
proclaiming the good news in word and deed,
taking part in the common life and worship of the congregation,
lifting one another up in prayer, mutual concern, and active support,
studying Scripture and the issues of Christian faith and life,
supporting the ministry of the church through the giving of money, time, and talents,
demonstrating a new quality of life within and through the church,
responding to God's activity in the world through service to others,
living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural, and social relationships of life,
working in the world for peace, justice, freedom, and human fulfillment,
participating in the governing responsibilities of the church, and
reviewing and evaluating regularly the integrity of one’s membership, and considering ways in which one’s participation in the worship and service of the church may be increased and made more meaningful.
From the Book of Order, G-1.0304.