All Hallows Parish
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How to Join All Hallows!
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Bishop Sutton performs Confirmation, Reception, & Reaffirmation
Bishop Confirm

Joining All Hallows' can be done formally or informally. Being a formal member is a sign of your commitment to the community and a sign to others about your love of God and your commitment to Jesus Christ. The steps to becoming a member of All Hallows' will be explained below. However, even without formally joining, you could choose to participate actively, serve on teams, give to our various ministries, and receive communion regularly. God's grace and love is for everyone.

At All Hallows, our understanding of an active church member is someone who has been baptized, participates in corporate worship and Christian formation programs regularly, gives to the parish by pledging, receives communion at least three times a year, and prays for the well being of the church and the world.

To become a member at All Hallows depends on your previous connection to other churches, if any.

  • If you've never been baptized, you can become a member by being baptized. Those who want to be baptized (and those parents who want to have their children baptized) will meet with the rector to discuss matters of faith and the truths we hold central to our faith. Being baptized makes you both a member of All Hallows', a member of the Episcopal Church, and a member of Christ's one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
  • If you've been baptized, by water and in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but not confirmed, you can be confirmed and become a member, after meeting with the rector to discuss matters of faith and the truths we hold central to our Anglican Christianity. Confirmations take place when a bishop of our diocese (The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland) visits, usually once per year. Confirmation is a pastoral and sacramental rite in The Episcopal Church. While confirmation does not denote some fuller initiation into the Church, the Body of Christ, it does help strengthen a person's faith and commitment to Jesus Christ. A person is a full member of the Church through Baptism. Confirmation, as defined in The Book of Common Prayer is "a mature public affirmation of faith and commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism." At Confirmation, an individual receives the laying on of hands by the bishop, thereby affirming their own faith and visibly connecting to the broader Body of Christ.
  • If you've been baptized and confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, or the Old Catholic Church, the way to become a member is to be received formally as a member of the Episcopal Church. People who want to be received will meet with the rector to discuss matters of faith and the truths we hold central to our Anglican Christianity. Reception, like confirmation, takes place during the bishop's annual visit.
  • If you've been baptized and/or confirmed in an Episcopal church, you are a member of the parish in which you were baptized unless you request that your membership be transferred. A letter of transfer form is available in the All Hallow's Parish Office. If an Episcopalian has moved to several Episcopal churches over the course of his/her life, a transfer letter must be requested at each new church in order for membership to be moved.
Members and non-members alike are encouraged to join in the life of the congregation, pledge, receive communion, serve in ministry, and otherwise be an active participant at All Hallows' Parish.

The people of All Hallows' are a diverse and active group who share a love of the Lord along with a commitment to serving each other and our community. We describe our Parish as a place where you will find classical Anglican liturgy, lectionary-based preaching, strong Christian education, a heart for justice and equality, along with family fellowship. We are an inclusive family who gather at a Table where there is always room for one more, whether you are single or married. We invite you to join us at All Hallows in the love of God in Jesus Christ through our worship and fellowship.