St. Timothy on the Northshore
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

How To Join

A Journey of Faith

As Christians we believe that our salvation comes not through our own actions, but through trusting in the grace of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. While each of our journeys is unique, there are common experiences that mark the Christian life.


• Many have been a part of church life since childhood, while others experience God’s "tugging at their heart" later in life. Either way, we believe there comes a point in time when we must all make a personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

• If you’ve made a personal commitment to Christ, but have never been Baptized, we believe you need to be Baptized.

• We believe the Christian life cannot be lived apart from other Christians. If you’ve made a commitment to Christ, have been Baptized, but are not a part of a church family, we encourage you to become a member of a local congregation.

Baptism

Baptism is an ancient Christian ritual in which a person is symbolically cleansed of their sin.  The act of Baptism marks a person’s entry into the family of God.  As United Methodists we will baptize all persons regardless of age, and believe you only need to be baptized once.  If you’ve ever been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, you don’t need to be baptized again. 

United Methodists practice three types of Baptism:  sprinkling, in which a small amount of water is placed on the head; pouring, in which a larger amount of water is poured on the head; and immersion, in which a person is fully submerged in water.   

If you have questions about Baptism, want to be baptized or have your child baptized, please contact the church office at (985) 626-3307, or fill out a "Response Card" at one of our worship services indicating your interest. 

Becoming a Member of St. Timothy

The taking of membership vows is a mark of a person’s commitment to a local congregation.  If you’ve never been baptized you need to be before you can become a member of St. Timothy UMC. All members must take a vow to support the church with their prayers, presence, financial gifts, and service.  If you want to become a member of St. Timothy UMC, please contact the church office at (985) 626-3307 or fill out a "Response Card" during one of our worship services indicating your interest in becoming a member of St. Timothy.  An invitation to join is given at the end of each worship service.