originally joined the Union Church
for my kids; I had no idea how much
God would begin to work in my own
Church of Stow
317 Great Road
Stow, MA 01775
Church membership is a confusing topic. It is confusing
because it means different things in different
denominations and it is confusing because church
membership is so unlike some other types of memberships.
If you want to use the equipment at the local gym, you
have to become a member first. That's not true for the
church. You can attend any of our services, classes, small
groups, outings, socials, or service projects without
becoming a member.
So what is church membership? At its heart, church
membership is a declaration of belonging. A declaration
that you belong to Christ and a declaration that you
intend to continue growing in faith and serving Christ
with this company of people. And these people, the
members, declare their support and help and
companionship to you in this.
Here's some FAQ's regarding membership at the Union
Church of Stow:
I still have questions about faith. Is it okay to go
ahead and become a member?
We all have questions about faith; as our faith grows,
our questions change. You decide when you are ready
to become a member; no one else makes that decision
for you. If you are sincere in your commitment to
follow Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, it is
appropriate for you to become a member.
I guess I'm a Christian, but I'm not really sure what
that means. What do you suggest?
You should take our Alpha course. We offer this twice a
year, free of charge, and it cover foundational questions
including, Who is Jesus? Why and how do I pray? and
Who is the Holy Spirit?
Are there membership dues?
No, there are no membership dues but one
responsibility of membership is regular financial support
of the church. You determine the amount you want to
give. How much you give is known only by the church
collector who makes the deposits and provides
charitable donation receipts for tax purposes. The church
budget is supported by the congregation, not by the
Are couples expected to join together?
The church does not require husbands and wives to join
together, although many couples do so. This is a
decision for you to make as a couple.
Must I be baptized in order to join the church?
Yes, at some point in time. If you've never been
baptized then you would be baptized as part of the
process of joining the church. But if you've already been
baptized elsewhere, you don't get baptized again. We
recognize as valid any Christian baptism as in baptism
in "the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit",
whether done by pouring, sprinkling,
or immersion, whether done in a Protestant, Catholic or
What are the responsibilities of membership?
In addition to living like a faithful Christian, members
are expected to contribute financially to the church,
attend worship regularly, and participate in the life of
the church in accordance with their abilities and time.
Is there anything I can do as a member that I can't
do as a non-member?
There are a few important things. This is a
congregationally governed church which means that
the congregation is the final human decision making
body in the church. Only church members can vote on
congregational business and only church members can
serve as officers of the church and sit on key church
committees. No one is required to serve on a
committee, but only members are eligible to do so.
If you have additional questions or need more
information, please email us or drop in for worship