Membership and Baptism
We hope that you already feel that you “belong” at First Pres. But if you are sensing God’s gift of grace leading you to another step in your journey of faithfulness, then you may be ready to make a commitment to our community of faith and pursue membership officially. We would love to lead you through the joy of joining with us at First Pres as we proclaim God's love and grace to our community and to the wider world.
Whether you have been attending FPC for a long time or are new to our congregation; whether you are transferring from another church or you are expressing your faith for the first time; or, if you simply want to find out more about what First Pres is like, we invite you to participate in the New Member Class as a way to explore our faith community. If after completing the class you choose to join, you will be received into membership during a Sunday morning worship service.
Let us know if you are interested in taking your first step to become a member at First Presbyterian Church, Spokane. Please call or email Myra Watts (747-1058 x252 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brenda Norton (747-1058 x243 or email@example.com).
The New Member Class looks like this:
(contact us to find out the specific dates of the next class)
Meet for dinner together at the church.
Meet with pastors to hear their vision for the congregation.
Q & A with pastors.
Learn about the Presbyterian tradition and how it relates to our day-to-day faith.
Take a tour of the beautiful church building (including the bell tower).
Fellowship over lunch with Elders of the church as you share your own faith journey.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is a sacrament of the church – an act that conveys in a visual, tangible way, the real but invisible grace of God. We baptize individuals – infants, children and adults of any age – as an act of obedience to Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit…” (Matt. 28:19). Through baptism, a person’s old identity – the “self” that lives in bondage to sin and death – is washed away. The “new self” of the baptized believer belongs to God through Christ Jesus, and is marked forever as his own with the seal of God’s Holy Spirit.
Whether you are a parent seeking to baptize an infant or young child, or an individual considering taking the step of baptism for yourself, you are encouraged to speak further with one of our pastors to prepare for this profound and significant step in the life of faith.
“As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:27-29).