Membership at Prairie Spirit United Church is a formal commitment to our local congregation and to the United Church of Canada. It involves deepening your relationship with this church and congregation, and exploring how we can apply the teachings of Jesus to the needs of our modern world.
Membership is also a process of discovery. Some people arrive at Prairie Spirit as seasoned veterans of the United Church, while others are newcomers who have found faith and a new faith community in Prairie Spirit that they can call home.
We encourage an active membership through the many day-to-day tasks that keep Prairie Spirit going. Stewardship of the church’s resources is another component of membership.
What does Membership mean?
Anyone who seeks to follow Jesus Christ may join Prairie Spirit United Church as an adherent or a member. You can become a member of our congregation by baptism as a child or youth and confirmation, adult baptism, or by transfer of membership.
If you have been baptized and confirmed in another congregation, whether in the United Church of Canada or another denomination, you may become a member of Prairie Spirit by transfer of membership or re-affirmation of your faith. You may transfer to Prairie Spirit with a membership certificate from your former congregation or, if you do not have a current membership certificate, by re-affirmation of your faith. For more information, contact the church office at 204-832-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the United Church tradition, persons may be baptized either as infants or adults. Confirmation is a service of worship at which persons who have been previously baptized affirm their baptismal vows and make a public profession of faith. Persons who were baptized as infants are usually confirmed when they reach their late teens.
If you have been attending Prairie Spirit, but are not ready to make the commitment to church membership, you may join the congregation as an adherent. Adherents may participate in committees and other congregational activities, but may not vote at meetings of the congregation on matters relating to ministry personnel and certain other major decisions.