All are welcome at our worship services, prayer, and programs whether they are formal members of the congregation or not. If you are interested in membership in our community, it involves regular attendance at worship, making a financial commitment of any amount to the mission and ministry of the cathedral, and being baptized, confirmed, or received.
Regular attendance at worship
The only official requirement for attendance is that you receive the sacrament of Holy Communion three times per year. But regular attendance involves becoming a living part of our community and engaging with all of the worship and service that we offer for the betterment of your life and the world. Christian worship, like any kind of exercise, does not deliver its best effects when only practiced sporadically—rather it gains potency and importance through regular use and commitment.
Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God. Water is poured over the head in a ritual that symbolizes being cleansed from sin, and done in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God’s family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit. It is required that we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Confirmation or Reception
Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. It is required of those to be confirmed that they have been baptized, are sufficiently instructed in the Christian Faith, are penitent for their sins, and are ready to affirm their confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Since it is impossible to simultaneously be a member of two different communions, those who have already been confirmed in another confession or tradition reaffirm their commitment before a bishop and are received by them into the Anglican Communion.
Far from desiring to exclude anyone with limited financial means, we ask people to support our mission and ministry at a level which is comfortable for them. This means that any offering is gratefully received and will be put to good use for the relief of the poor and the proclamation of the Gospel. Making a financial commitment is important, because it is a way to genuinely offer a part of your life and your labor to God, who is the giver of all that we have received.