Membership at Cliftondale Congregational Church in Saugus

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Thinking About Becoming A Member?

Some people attend church without joining, and some members simply “warm a pew” without getting involved.  Active membership matters.  The concept of an uninvolved member is foreign to the New Testament.  When people join a church, they’re becoming a vital part of something important.  Church is a family of believers who have in faith united for worship, instruction, fellowship, service, and outreach.  People who join a church receive a certificate of membership, but their true credentials are within.  Membership doesn’t make anyone a believer, but it helps direct and energize believers to grow in their faith and find direction for ways to obey God.

Some people try to survive on religious programs on TV and radio, or from reading religious books.  What they miss is a personal relationship with a minister and a congregation.  When they’re sick, who will visit them?  How will they receive Holy Communion?  When there’s a significant occasion like a wedding or baptism, will a stranger conduct it?  If they have a question about the Bible, or a personal problem, who will they turn to?

Giving is important, but how much is between the individual and God.  Good churches do not pressure people to give.  They can encourage giving, but they need to remind their people that giving is more than money.  We also offer the Lord our time and talents.  Every church has a need for people to use their abilities, and nearly every talent has a use within the church.  Churches seek teachers, singers, people with computer skills, ushers, cooks, arts & crafts people, and people who like to visit shut-ins or work at a food pantry (a partial list).  Volunteer your skills; don’t wait to be asked.  Your minister may not know your unique gifts and interests.

One of the most important thing members can do is invite others.  The number one reason churches grow is by someone inviting them.  We all have our own sphere of influence.  We’re members of civic and social clubs; we know people at work, school, in our neighborhood, and if we can recommend movies, books, and restaurants, we can recommend our church.

Being involved in a church is as vital as breathing.  Church gives us strength to handle the tough decisions and stressors that come our way, and church gives us opportunities to live out our faith as we actively participate in church ministries.  No Christian is an only child.  Our goal is help people form lasting relationships within God’s family, a close-knit community of faith. 

Responsibilities of Church Members…Membership at Cliftondale Congregational Church

  • Attend worship regularly, faithfully, joyfully—observe the sanctity of the Lord’s Day
  • Participate—find your place, your niche, and serve in a position—volunteer!
  • Invite others to church (friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc)
  • Get to know the congregation; meet the people in the pews
  • Pray for your church family and ministries
  • Come to church social/fellowship activities
  • Support the ministries of the church with generous giving
  • Strive to learn and grow spiritually
  • Guard the good name of the church

We in turn are responsible to provide you meaningful worship, substantive instruction, and compassionate friendship.  We’ll celebrate your milestones and provide comfort in times of distress.  We’re committed to being a part of your life.  What happens to you matters to us; you’re not alone.  We’re available to you and we care about you–that is our commitment.

 

Confirmation

Our church provides Confirmation classes for our young people, a time when they can examine and reaffirm their beliefs in preparation for full church membership. More than a rite-of-passage, Confirmation conveys to teens their responsibility for moral and spiritual development. There will be seven informal sessions covering essential doctrines and practical Christian living.

The sessions are as follows:

  1. Jesus – the Rock & Focus of our lives: His deity, humanity, virgin birth, sinless nature, atonement and return.
  2. Salvation – new & abundant life: Faith, repentance, assurance, security, and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.
  3. Truths that transform – the inspiration/authority of the Bible, the sovereignty of God, the Trinity, sin (human depravity/the Fall), miracles.
  4. The church, a caring community – deacons, trustees, religious education, missions, finances; the ordinances, worship, worship, and role of the Pastor.
  5. Congregationalism – a heritage of faith & practice: History & distinctive teachings, the Savoy Declaration, the pilgrims, puritans and other key people in church history, along with an overview of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference.
  6. Christian growth & discipleship – Effective Prayer & Bible study methods, spiritual fruit & gifts, faith-sharing, liberty & legalism, commitment to Christ.
  7. A meeting with the Board of Deacons – please make sure your son/daughter completes the questionnaire by the 2nd session.
October 27, 2016

The Shepherd We Seek at Cliftondale Congregational Church

The pastor we seek is a true disciple of Christ whose life has been forever changed by God’s Word and Holy Spirit. He has been called by God to share the words and teachings of Christ. In addition to administering baptisms and communion, and conducting weddings and funerals, he will lead us to greater spiritual growth and understanding. The pastor we seek works patiently with all ages and is a mentor to all who serve the Lord. He ministers to the ... Read More
February 29, 2016

Movie and Game Night!

The C.E. Board will be hosting a movie and game night on Sunday March 6 starting at 5:00. Please spread the word and bring a friend to the movie and game night!!! We will have pizza and refreshments at 5:00, followed by our movie for Middle school age and up, and games for the younger children. Please RSVP so we are sure to have enough pizza!!!  
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January 10, 2016

Joshua 1 | You Can’t Get There From Here

You can't get there from here” - Joshua 1, Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts (10 Jan 2016)

Mainers like to say when giving directions, “You can't get there from here”...or more accurately, “You can't get they-ahh from hee-yahh.” The children of Israel must have thought that, journeying through the wilderness to the promised land. It had been a long, grueling journey. Someone ... Read More