Grove Church welcomes people into membership in the Body of Christ. Coffees with the Pastor are held at least quarterly to provide visitors with an opportunity to learn more about the church. Persons interested in membership then attend several classes where they learn about the mission and vision of Grove. In today’s world, many new members come from non-Methodist backgrounds, so classes also review the beliefs of a United Methodist Christian and the meaning of membership. New members are then received during Sunday morning worship in whichever service they normally attend. Joining the church, however, is only the beginning of the journey as all members are encouraged to grow in their knowledge and love of God and in service to God’s kingdom. Opportunities for Bible study and education are offered both Sunday mornings and during the week, and there are many ways to use talents in service either within the walls of the church or out in the community caring for God’s people. Persons interested in learning more about membership should email Pastor Knerr, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grove Church invites 8th – 9th grade youth to participate in a yearlong Confirmation Class, where they prepare to claim their faith and become professing members of the church.
Youth will learn about
- the Christian faith;
- United Methodist history,
- doctrine and polity;
- the Old and New Testaments
- intentional use of their God given talents in the church and community.
Meeting regularly with the youth pastor and adult mentors throughout the year, youth participate in classes that meet every two weeks. There will be :
- outreach in the community,
- worship services at Grove,
- conference-wide activities such as the EPA Youth Rally and Confirmation Camp.
Grove Church confirms interested youth who have completed the class during a special service in June.
Youth who have not been baptized may receive baptism at that time also.
Grove Church encourages active participation in the activities of the church during and following the Confirmation program. The Confirmation Service is not a time of graduation from programming, but instead a joyful celebration of a youth’s choice to publicly profess his or her faith and take the vows of membership.
For more information on the Confirmation program at Grove Church, please contact the Pastor of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Diana@grovechurch.org.
To learn more about The United Methodist Church beliefs about Confirmation, visit Beyond baptism: What confirmation means to United Methodists.