How Do I Join Chapel of the Cross?
You can become a member of Chapel of the Cross in a few ways:
Children join as "baptized" members if they have already been baptized in a Christian church. The bible teaches that God makes disciples through baptism into God's triune name, Father, Son, Holy Spirit. (See Matthew 28:19-20) Children can take confirmation instruction in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade in order to be a confirmed member of Chapel of the Cross, which allows them to be able to take the Lord's Supper. (1 Corinthians 11 says that one should be instructed to be able to recognized that it is the body and blood of Christ being received for one's forgiveness, and to be able to examine their hearts to prepare to receive this divine Gift).
Adults, like children, become disciples of Jesus Christ and members of the Christian Church when they are baptized. If you have been baptized in another Christian denomination we do not re-baptize you. Since God is the one who does the work of washing your sins away and clothing you with Christ in baptism, (See Galatians 3:26-27, Titus 3:5-7) we believe that any Christian baptism in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is valid and an efficient work of bringing one to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Any baptized adult can then join Chapel of the Cross as a confirmed adult in one of three ways based on your situation.
- If you have been confirmed in the Christian faith at another LC-MS congregation you would ask your previous pastor to transfer your membership to Chapel of the Cross.
- If you have been confirmed in the Christian faith at another LC-MS congregation, but then left the LC-MS to join another denomination, or then fell away from membership in the LC-MS congregation that you had been confirmed in, you would meet with the pastor and declare you desire to re-confirm or re-affirm your Christian Faith.
- If you have never been instructed in the Christian faith with Martin Luther's Small Catechism (which covers the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed, the Lord's Prayer, Holy Baptism, Confession and Absolution, and the Lord's Supper), you can take our Christian Basics class which lasts usually about 10 weeks. We run this class 3-4 times per year on Sundays and also offer private instruction for those who work on weekends or for those who have special needs.