If after worshiping with us for six months or more, you wish to become a member of UMCSO, we will be delighted to welcome you to our congregation. Membership classes are held once a year and led by the Pastor and laity. Please contact us if you would like to join our fellowship.
Pictured above are our newest group of members. Welcome!
What is membership?
Membership is the result of an individual’s profession of faith in God, the Father Almighty; maker of heaven and earth; in Jesus Christ his only Son, and in the Holy Spirit. This is normally done during one of our regular worship services. It is important to note that you do not need to be a member to participate in church activities and events!
How do I join the church?
At the United Methodist Church at Shrub Oak, everyone interested in joining the church must meet first with the pastor. Individuals are received into the church either by profession of faith or transfer of membership. Profession of faith describes those who are coming into the church without any previous history in any church. Transfer of membership recognizes that an individual that was active in another Christian denomination or church has chosen to change that affiliation to UMCSO.
I am on the church mailing list. Does that mean I am a member?
Not necessarily. It means that at some point, you participated in a church activity and we collected your contact information. If you have not made a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ before the congregation, you are considered a constituent rather than a member. You may check your membership status by calling the church office at 914-245-4682.
Can my membership be changed or terminated?
Yes, membership in the local church can be changed at the member’s request or by Charge Conference action. Generally, membership is terminated by death, by transfer to another church, withdrawal at the member’s request, or by removal by the Charge Conference due to the member’s failure to uphold the membership vows.
Can I rejoin the church if I am removed from membership?
Yes. The pastor may ask you to attend membership classes again or can simply reinstate you in the membership rolls.