What if I want to join Forest Hill Church?
Publicly acknowledging to yourself and those around you that you want to follow the way of Jesus as part of a local church can deepen and enrich your faith journey. It’s a statement of your commitment to a particular faith community – a faith family.
It doesn’t mean you’re here for life -but it’s a chance to set down your bags for a while and spend time along the journey with fellow travelers and seekers. (Members also have a vote at congregational meetings and may be ordained as Elders or Deacons.)
Exploring Membership groups are held at least twice a year, usually in the early Fall and late Spring. (Childcare is available.) The next 2016 Exploring Membership meetings will be October 9 and 23.
Attending doesn’t obligate you to join, so if you just want to find out what Forest Hill is all about and why we’re Presbyterian, this is a good way to do it.
You can join in 1 of 3 ways:
* If you’re an active member of another church, you join by transferring your membership from your previous church to Forest Hill.
* If you’ve been baptized but aren’t active in a church, you join by reaffirming your faith.
* If you’ve never been baptized, you join by professing your faith and being baptized.
If you choose to join, you will be received by the Session and introduced to the congregation during Sunday worship. Contact Pastor Lentz or the church office (216-321-2669) for information about the upcoming session.
What do I have to believe to join?
Joining isn’t so much about what you believe as what you do. The act of joining publicly declares your desire to be part of a community that seeks to follow Jesus Christ’s teaching.
That’s about it.
What about rules and creeds?
The Presbyterian denomination is built on several creeds but there is no strict set of beliefs separating Presbyterians from any other Christian faith. Any Christian can be a Presbyterian. And every Presbyterian is encouraged to find a personal set of beliefs.
What about Sacraments?
Want to know more?
The Presbyterian Church (USA) website can be a bit hard to navigate but offers a lot of information about the structure of the national Presbyterian Church.
Our Why Presbyterian? page describes our Mission and leadership structure.
For more about the Presbyterian church in general, Wikipedia has an interesting entry.
Finally, there’s a nice short resource on the Presbyterians Today website called “How to Speak Presbyterian” by Rev. P.J. Southam. It explains some of the oddities of the Presbyterian jargon – with a little theology thrown in.