All are welcome in the name of Christ! We are happy to pray with those just passing through, as well as those who are a seeking a spiritual home. All are welcome to join us in all that we do -- from our worship of God to our outward service to our community. All of our programs, opportunities, and activities are open to anyone at any point on their spiritual journey. We're joyful for the opportunity to get to know you, for you.
Becoming a member at Ware is a wonderful thing. It demonstrates an ongoing desire to grow in the knowledge and love of God, and commits the Church to supporting you in this journey. It is an outward sign of God working in your life and your inward commitment to the mission and ministry of the Church.
To become a member, you either will need to be baptized at Ware or have your membership from transferred another Episcopal Church or denomination (if you have been previously baptized). To be a member does not require confirmation or reception. Those sixteen and over are considered adult members of the Church.
Those of the membership who are regular in attending worship and have received the Sacrament of Holy Communion at least three times within the last year are considered communicants.
Those communicants of this Church who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have been faithful in working, praying, and committed to financial support of Ware for the spread of the Kingdom of God are considered Communicants in Good Standing.
Being an adult communicant in Good Standing (16+ years of age) grants you eligibility to vote in Parish Elections. The Vestry is the elected representation of the congregation, empowered to make decisions on behalf of the congregation.
Those communicants in good standing who have made a mature declaration of faith before the Bishop. This is accomplished by the Sacrament of Confirmation or the rite of Reception.
Being a confirmed communicant in Good Standing makes you eligible to serve in Parish Leadership roles, including the Vestry. This is the highest form of membership and is recognized annually.
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