If you wish to become a member of St. Catherine’s, please call the church office at 770-971-2839 and ask to speak with Rose Wolfe, our Parish Administrator.
All about Membership
We welcome anyone and everyone to join us for worship on Sunday mornings or at any of our church activities. We understand that first and foremost, membership at St. Catherine’s means being part of a community that is drawn ever more deeply into relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
However there can be more to it than that. For those who are interested in making a formal commitment of membership to the Episcopal Church, and St. Catherine’s in particular, we have put together a brief summary of how the Episcopal Church defines the terms of membership. If you still have questions after reading this, please feel free to reach out to one of our clergy members, and we’d be happy to talk to you more about it.
There are four ways to join St. Catherine’s:
- Letter of Transfer
If you are a member of another Episcopal Church parish and would like to transfer your membership to St. Catherine’s, please contact the parish office to let us know. We have a special form we send to your former parish that “transfers” your membership to St. Catherine’s.
The sacrament of Baptism is the initiation rite into the Christian Church. To be Baptized, as an infant, child or adult is to become a full member of the Church with access to the Sacraments. To learn more about our Sacraments, please go to Sacraments page.
Confirmation is a Sacrament of the Church. It is an informed affirmation of the Baptisimal vows and profession of the faith that may be made by teenagers or adults. To be Confirmed is to outwardly proclaim your choice of the Episcopal faith and tradition. It involves the laying on of hands upon the head of the individual Confirmand by the bishop.
If you have been Confirmed in another liturgical tradition (such as Roman Catholic or Lutheran) you are Received into the Church rather than Confirmed. A person is Received into the Episcopal Church by a bishop.
In summary, an “official” member of St. Catherine’s is a baptized person who requests to be placed on the membership rolls of this parish. If you are Baptized, Confirmed, or Received at St. Catherine’s, you automatically become a member. A person who is a member of another Episcopal church can transfer their membership to St. Catherine’s through a Letter of Transfer.
The Journey is a program at St. Catherine’s for those interested in pursuing adult Baptism, Confirmation, or Reception. To learn more, go to The Journey page. If you would like further information please call the St. Catherine’s office and speak with The Rev. Susan Johnson, our Associate Rector.
- Why officially join the Episcopal Church?
We believe that God speaks to people in a variety of ways and that no one particular expression of this faith is “right.” For Episcopalians, this way of relating to the divine balances scripture, tradition, and reason. The Episcopal Church is a sacramental and liturgical form of Christianity that respects the ancient nature of the church yet allows room for a prayerful discussion of theology.
- What is expected of members of St. Catherine’s?
We expect members of this parish community to strive to lead a life of faith. This means sharing the joy of corporate worship as regularly as possible; recognizing that God is the source of all that we are and all that we do; being tolerant of one another and respecting the dignity of every human being; understanding that we don’t have all the answers about faith but we’re always seeking to learn from God and one another; offering of ourselves to the church through our talents, time, and financial resources; helping to spread the message of Christ’s love in whatever way is possible for you.
- What if I don’t want to officially join the Episcopal Church or St. Catherine’s?
That’s fine. We consider our parish family to be a wide net of individual beliefs and situations and while we encourage people to seriously consider official membership, it is not a requirement to partake in the life of the community. According to the canons (governing laws) of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Atlanta, the only thing non-members may not do at the parish level is serve on the Vestry, vote at the annual parish meeting, and serve as a chalice bearer.
- What about pledging?
Giving money is not a requirement for membership at St. Catherine’s. We firmly believe that stewardship of our financial resources is an integral part of being a Christian and we rely on the generosity of our community to support our common ministry and pay our bills. Episcopal Churches do not receive financial assistance from the Diocese or the National Church. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: we pay a yearly apportionment to the Diocese of Atlanta to support the mission and ministry of the larger church. If you would like to fill out our pledge card, please see information on our Treasure Offering page.