Prayer To Welcome New Members

Even though you may be excited beyond words and held off from inviting new members, there comes a time when it becomes necessary. Don’t put it off until you’re in the need of another member.

It’s always a huge honor and joyful experience when our church is able to welcome new members. We never know exactly how or when it will happen, but we rejoice in the love of God when it does!

Welcome new members! We are delighted to have you as part of our community. We are eager to get to know you and for you to know us. Let us all unite in the fellowship of our Lord Jesus Christ, growing together in understanding and love. Be filled with joy as we learn together and serve together in fulfillment of the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20.

Dear Holy Spirit, you accompany all new creatures of the earth. You enter our church as we welcome a new family. Awaken their sense of longing for the Kingdom. Let them feel your love and your spirit alive in community with the eternal Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. You who have said “Before Philip called me, I was there”, imprint on my friends that vision of God’s Kingdom which is so attractive that they cannot remain aloof from it.

Prayer To Welcome New Members

It’s important to welcome new church members to the congregation. Not only is it the Christian thing to do, but it helps maintain the longevity of your church. After all, what will happen if all your new members leave after only a few months of membership?

Finding the right actions and words to welcome new church members is key to ensuring a steady stream of newcomers. It’s doubly important when you consider new members are likely to be younger, and for most churches, these younger members are hard to come by.

Prayer To Welcome New Members

Minister:  Almighty God, we thank you for the life journey that brought ______ to join our church today. We celebrate the unique impact he/she will make here and already has made here, through his/her presence, gifts and talents. May this congregation offer support in times of trouble and rejoice with him/her always. May our church home strengthen his/her faith and deepen his/her discipleship. All this we pray in Christ’s Holy Name. Amen.

QUESTIONS FOR NEW MEMBERS:

Minister:  Today we make a covenant, one with another. We make promises to one another, before God, so that we can depend on each other through good times and hard times. You have a church and a people. And so now we ask you:

Do you affirm your faith in God as your Creator, in Christ as your inspiration, and in the Holy Spirit as your strength? If so, please say, I do.

I do.

Do you promise to be Christ’s disciple, to follow in the way of Jesus, to resist oppression and evil, to show love and justice, and to be a witness to the healing ministry and the loving message of Jesus Christ as best as you are able?  If so, please say, I promise with the help of God.

I promise with the help of God.

Do you promise, according to the grace given you, to grow in faith and to be an active and joyful member of this church? If so, please say, I promise with the help of God.

I promise with the help of God.

Do you promise to participate in the life and mission of this family of God’s people, sharing regularly in the worship of God and enlisting in the work of this local church as it serves this community and the world? If so, please say, I promise with the help of God.

I promise with the help of God.

PROMISE FROM THE CHURCH

To the members of this church:  Do you promise to help _____ find his/her place in the body of Christ, to pray with and for him/her, to welcome him/her fully in holy friendship, to be angels for him/her in times of distress and servants to him/her in times of need? If so, please answer: We promise, with the help of God.

We promise, with the help of God.

(IF ANY NEW MEMBERS WERE TO DESIRE BAPTISM, THE SACRAMENT WOULD BE PERFORMED HERE.)

THE CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE

Minister:  Let us, the members of the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, express our welcome and affirm our ministry together.

Congregation: (printed in bulletin) We joyfully welcome you into the common life of our church. We promise you our friendship and prayers as we share in the hopes and labors of this church. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we grow together in faith and be witnesses to the love of God and the peace of Christ.

THE RIGHT HAND OF FELLOWSHIP

Minister: In the name of Jesus Christ and on behalf of our congregation, we extend to you the right hand of Christian love, welcoming you into the company and family of the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury.

(All deacons, current and past will be invited forward to extend the right hand of fellowship. The congregation sings, hymn #614, “I’m Gonna Live so God Can Use Me.” All people will be encouraged to extend a hand of fellowship at Lemonade on the Lawn).

FINAL BLESSING ON MEMBERS

Minister:  Loving God, give to your child, _____, strength for life’s journey, courage in times of suffering, the comfort of faith, love that cannot die, laughter in the company of friends, and the hope of new life; through Jesus Christ, who makes us one. Amen.

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