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Membership

“The body does not consist of one member but of many.” - 1 Corinthians 12:14

“Come and See!” These words of invitation invited people to meet our Lord as he began his ministry. We hope you will come and see us at Ware. Join us for services. Bring your children to Junior Choir or for Christian Education. Come for coffee and refreshments. Take part in our many programs. We look forward to getting to know you. Please use the visitor parking spaces and let us know if we can be of help to you and your family!

Holy Baptism
From the time of our Lord and the Apostles, people were made part of the church by being baptized. Ware honors and welcomes those who have been baptized in other Christian traditions. It is the gift of new life in our Lord. People of all ages may be baptized. In preparation for Holy Baptism, it is appropriate for the parents and sponsors to receive instruction. The same is true for adults. Baptisms are celebrated as the need arises. The church teaches that either through the pouring of water or immersion, we are cleansed from our sins, incorporated into the Body of Christ and called to ministry in the name of our Lord. A call to the church office begins the process of being baptized in Ware Church.

Confirmation by the Bishop
Annually one of the Virginia Bishops visits Ware and lays on hands for those who are ready to make a mature, public affirmation of their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Classes are held in preparation of this important event. We make our profession of faith before the Bishop, which symbolizes that we are part of God’s universal church - not just Ware Church. A call to the church office begins the confirmation process in Ware Church.

Being Received from other Christian Traditions
For those coming from other Christian traditions, the Bishop receives them by laying on hands and welcoming them to the Episcopal Church. They are received because they have already made their mature affirmation of their faith in another faith tradition. Call the church office to enquire about classes in preparation of being received.

Transfer of Church Membership
When one has been baptized or baptized and confirmed in another Episcopal Church, a Letter of Transfer is requested so one’s church membership can be moved to this congregation.  A call to the church office begins this process.