Jumping into a big community such as South Church can be tough; we’re trying to make that easier.
Newcomer Gatherings and Membership
We have a small group just for people new to South Church. If you would like to learn more about us, would like a closer relationship with us, or have decided you would like to covenant with us as a member, we invite you to attend the following gatherings:
Please remember that whether or not you choose to join South Church, you are invited to engage fully with us from the first minute you set foot in our doors! Let us know if you’re interested: Fill our our contact form below.
Ready to become a member?
You are welcome to join South Church whenever you feel ready, regardless of the length of your engagement with us. Let Dana, Alex, or Laura Jordan ( Lauradj813 [at] gmail.com) know of your interest. If you have not already done so, we ask that you attend the newcomer gatherings (offered twice a year) sometime during your 1st year of membership.
Additionally, we offer opportunities to join as an official Covenant Partner/Member of the church every third Sunday of the month. We ask the folks either join our small group or attend our two, after church, classes to introduce new folks to one another and learn more about what makes South Church different from other congregations.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated in the service of worship on the first Sunday of each month.
The Sacrament of Christian Baptism is offered for infants, children, youth or adults. Consultation with a member of the pastoral staff precedes the administration of this sacrament.
The Rite of Christian Marriage is celebrated on request though the church office or by direct contact with a member of the pastoral staff. Normally arrangements for the sanctuary are made 9 to 18 months prior to the desired date for the wedding. A series of pastoral consultations precedes all wedding services. These involve conversations about the spiritual and practical dimensions of marriage as well as the details and planning of the actual service. A wedding coordinator and the director of music/organist are also part of the planning team.
The Rite of Christian Memorial Service/Funeral is celebrated on request from the family or through the funeral director. The initial contact should be made when death is imminent or soon after. The entire staff is prepared to respond to such need. Arrangements for the organist are made through the officiating pastor, and again, are considered urgent in order to serve the needs of the family.
Interested in joining other newcomers for conversation?
Interested in learning more about South Church? Are you considering membership? Join us in the Chapel to learn more about South Church’s vibrant community of worship, fellowship, and service. We welcome you no matter where you are on life’s journey. Meet our ministers and other new and long time members, and share your questions and stories. Childcare is available. These gatherings are held several times a year. Please feel welcome to attend our upcoming newcomers gatherings. Please contact us for information.