At Trinity Chapel Charlotte, we believe church membership is clearly taught in the Bible. Church membership is simply this: the formal admission of a believer in Jesus Christ into the visible church. You may come into fellowship on a profession of faith, the rededication of your life to Christ, or by transfer of letter. Non-communing members include baptized infants and children of believers. We offer a season, sometimes called “a Communicants Class,” and other times referred to as “Confirmation Class.” Using the Bible, the Westminster Shorter Catechism, the Pastor seeks to “confirm” the faith of the child (or adult) and prepare them for Holy Communion.
In Scripture, the church is called the Bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:21-33), the People of God (2 Corinthians 6:16), and the Flock of God (John 10:1-13). The Apostle Paul so wonderfully says, “God placed all things under [Jesus’] feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” (Ephesians 1:22).
If you are interested exploring membership, we periodically offer a “Pastor’s Welcome Class.” This class allows those interested in membership to explore “What is a Christian?”; “What is the Church?”; “What is the Associate Reformed Church?”; and “What is Trinity Chapel Charlotte?” There is no requirement to join the church after the class. However, we encourage all seeking membership to take the class before becoming a member of the church.
We encourage all parents to present their infants for baptism. If you are coming to our church and your children are no longer infants, but not ready for their profession of faith, we urge you to bring them under the baptismal waters, becoming a non-communing member.
If you have any questions about membership at Trinity Chapel Charlotte or are interested in beginning the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us.