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What if I’ve felt unwelcome in other churches?

You’ll find a broad range of cultures and styles in our united and uniting church. Not all UCC/ABC congregations are the same: We’re proud of our diversity – since we share faith resources from the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the American Baptist Church (ABC). The best way to find out if our congregation suits your needs is to visit us during worship or attend any of our weekly events!

How do I get started?

The best way to get started is to come and be part of our journey—worship with us, fellowship with us, learn with us. There is no pressure to join, although we may ask. If you find that you are interested in becoming a member of Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, you can e-mail the pastor using "Contact Us" or call the church for more information. You can also indicate your interest my checking the appropriate box on the registration/friendship pads that are passed through the pews during Sunday worship.

What’s the process?

When you are interested, please contact the Pastor. If you decide to become a member the Pastor will meet with you (and your family) to talk about where and how you feel God is leading. We will discuss church responsibilities and your Spiritual life. After this meeting you will be welcomed into the congregation during a Sunday worship service, if you are still felt led by the Holy Spirit and you believe this is the place that will enhance your relationship with God.

Do I have to believe certain things?

The United Church of Christ “claims as its own the faith of the historic Church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant Reformers. It affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God.” (The Constitution of the United Church of Christ) We do not require adherence to any specific Creed, in fact, we operate with a statement of faith: http://www.ucc.org/beliefs/statement-of-faith.html At Grosse Pointe Congregational Church we seek to respect one another’s individual spiritual journeys. The worshipping community is central to the life of our church, and members are encouraged to attend regularly.

What does it cost?

We find that our spiritual journeys are enriched and supported by regular church attendance and involvement. We believe it is important to support the church with our time, our talents and our treasure. Members support the mission and ministry of the church to whatever degree they are able. We understand our giving to be an expression of our gratitude to God.

Do I have to join to be part of the church?

No. Many folks participate in the life of our faith community without becoming a member. Nevertheless, most of us find that our experience becomes deeper and richer for having made the commitment of membership.  One must be a member to serve on some boards and committees, to vote at the annual meetings, to vote on budget and other issues such as election of officers and board of steward members, calling (invitation to service) of pastors and changing written policies.
 

What if I don’t want to give up my church connection back home?

We are glad to welcome you as an associate member—it has all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of regular membership, but you continue to maintain your connection with your “home church.”

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