St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh welcomes people of all ages to participate fully in the life of the community. We invite you to continue your journey with us; ask questions, attend worship services and educational offerings, and participate in the activities in our community.
Becoming a member of St. Thomas’ Church is an easy and organic process. All you have to do is join us in our life of worship, ministry and support. As you become involved, we invite you to explore membership by:
- Worshipping with us regularly
- Because our life together as the Body of Christ is centered, nourished and grounded in our worship
- Participating in the mission and ministry of St. Thomas’.
- Because Christ calls us to join in the mission of God in our church, in the community, and in the wider world
- And when you are ready, we invite you to:
- Schedule a meeting with the clergy to learn more about our congregation and answer any questions you may have
- Support us with a financial pledge
- Fill out a membership form so that we know who you are and what your needs and interests are.
In order to get to know you, please provide some basic information here.
Entry into a faith community can take many forms. Here are a few:
Letter of Transfer: If you are coming from another Episcopal church, a letter of transfer officially transfers your membership from your former parish to St. Thomas Church. Emily Given can help you arrange for this letter.
Baptized: The Episcopal Church recognizes all persons who have been baptized with water in the name of the Holy Trinity. If you have not been baptized, please make an appointment with Matthew Burdette to discuss the requirements for and meaning of Baptism.
Confirmed: If you have been baptized in another denomination, you may consider being confirmed in the Episcopal Church. At Confirmation “we express a mature commitment to Christ and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.” Confirmation classes are held every year before the Bishop’s visit to St. Thomas’. For youth, Confirmation is held during their eighth grade year. Adults may be confirmed at any age.
Received: If you have been confirmed in another denomination, it is possible be welcomed and received by the bishop formally as a member of the Episcopal Church. Matthew Burdette can assist you.
For all other membership questions, Emily Given will be happy to assist you. Her office line is 215-233-3970 x126.