Welcome! We’re glad to hear of your interest in joining our parish family. Below are answers to common questions people have when they’re thinking about joining St. Stephen’s.
Who can become a member?
Membership is open to all baptized people. You will need to register your baptism with us. If you have a copy of your baptismal certificate, or if you need to obtain one from the church where you were baptized, our staff will happily help you register your baptism. If you are a member of another Episcopal Church, then the registration of your baptism comes in the form of a Letter of Transfer. A Letter of Transfer from your former parish will register your baptism here.
To become a member, download this form and return it to the office at firstname.lastname@example.org , fax it to (570) 825-0430, or mail it to 35 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
If you haven’t been baptized before, we do that, too! Find out more here.
• What are the expectations of membership?
Regular Worship Attendance
The gifts of life and grace God offers in Jesus Christ are sacred. In worship, we pray, we sing, we hear the words of Holy Scripture, and we experience the presence of Christ in the Holy Communion and in one another. All of these acts are offered in thanksgiving and praise to God. Worship helps strengthen and renew us so that our faith becomes more than something we do just for an hour once a week. Check our listing of our service times.
Invest Time and Talent
We know that time is a great commodity in our lives today; however, time is also God’s gift to us for life and love. We give of our own time in order to reflect God’s graciousness and generosity. Furthermore, everyone has talents that God calls us to use. Membership here means a commitment to find and invest your God-given talents in a way that fits with who you are and who you’d like to become.
Without the annual pledges of parishioners, we would never be able to offer the community or you the spiritual resources we do. Annual pledges help us budget for the year and offer each of us a chance to renew our commitment to the work of St. Stephen’s in Wilkes-Barre.
• What can I do to learn more?
All baptized members are encouraged to consider confirmation in the Episcopal Church. Confirmation involves a commitment to learn more about yourself, about St. Stephen’s, and about the Episcopal Church. Your journey will culminate in a special service during which the bishop confirms and/or receives you into the fellowship of the Episcopal Church and worldwide Anglican Communion. Email email@example.com for more information.
Parish Registration Form
Letter of Transfer
Contact: The Parish Office (570) 825-6653 if you have any questions.