MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

New Disciple’s Orientation

To become a full member, each applicant must attend and complete the New Discipleship class. Classes are held once a month and by appointment. This 4-hour orientation cover four primary facets of church membership – Our Salvation (What God has done for us), Our Statement (Why we exist as a church), Our Strategy (How we fulfill our purpose), and Our Structure (When and where we fulfill our purpose).

Classes are also offered during the week, by appointment, for those whose circumstances prevent them from attending a regularly scheduled class.

Baptism

Baptism is an important step in the life of a believer. It symbolizes the forgiveness of sins, washed away through the grace of a loving Savior. Baptism takes place on the 1st Sunday of each month.

Communion & Feet Washing Service

In observing Communion we are remembering Christ and all that He has done for us in His life, death and resurrection. Our Communion Services are held on the Tuesday after the first Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Join us as we observe the second and third ordinances of our church, Holy Communion and Feet Washing Rite.

Right Hand of Fellowship

In accordance to the act performed by James, Cephas, and John in the book of Galatians, the Right Hand of Fellowship is bestowed upon new Disciples after they have completed orientation classes and baptism. When we give someone the Right Hand of Fellowship, we are suggesting that we agree to serve God with that believer. The Right Hand of Fellowship is extended during the Communion service on the Tuesday after the first Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Marriage Ceremonies

The Pastor gratuitously performs marriage ceremonies for couples where either the bride or groom, or both are members in good standing at New Jerusalem. Prior to the ceremony, couples are required to study Before You Say “I Do”: A Marriage Preparation Manual for Couples by H. Norman Wright and Wed Roberts. Upon completing the book, pre-marital counseling may be scheduled with the Pastor by contacting the Main Office. It is asked that the wedding date be set in consultation with the Pastor to prevent scheduling conflicts.

Baby Blessings

In the Primitive Baptist Church, babies are blessed, not christened.
Anyone interested in having a child blessed should contact the Main Office to schedule a date. Public blessings are done for children whose parents are members and are in good standing with the New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church. Godparents must be active members of a Christian Church in order to participate in the ceremony. (Verification is requested, i.e., pastor or official letter of said church.) Unwed parents who are members of the New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church and are in good standing may have their children blessed publicly.

Death of a Loved One

The passing of a member of New Jerusalem or an immediate relative should be reported to the Main Office or the Deacon of the deceased as soon as possible. The Church Secretary is available to assist the family in planning the funeral program.