United Church of Chapel Hill stands within a covenantal tradition — a covenant that binds us to God and to one another.
You can attend and participate in activities and ministries without becoming a member. However, becoming a member is a public acknowledgment that this is your household of faith, the community that you covenant to love, uphold, serve, and shape and by whom you are willing to be shaped, challenged, and sent forth to serve. If you are interested in uniting with United Church, please speak with one of our pastors. The pastors also would enjoy meeting you for coffee, a meal, or just an hour to become better acquainted.
You can be received into church membership through:
If you are not now a baptized Christian, our pastors will be honored to discuss the meaning of baptism with you in your home or at the church.
At your request, our pastor will write to your former church for a transfer of membership. This is a courtesy to your former congregation so it may remove you from its membership rolls.
Some people find themselves re-entering church life after a lengthy absence; and while they were once baptized, there is no longer a former church from which to transfer. In the reception of new members, we make no distinctions between those joining by transfer or re-affirmation. All are re-affirming their baptism and making a covenant that clarifies their relationship to this congregation.
Often, students and others here for a short duration do not want to disturb their membership status at another church but do want to participate fully in the life of this congregation. Associate members have all the rights and duties of active members except the right to a letter of transfer to another church.
Steps towards memberships:
- Check the box on the Friendship Register (as it is passed by you on Sunday morning) that says “Wish to Join this Church”, and write in your contact information.
- Attend an “Interested Persons Gathering” so that we can get to know you better and so that you may ask any questions that you have about United Church and its ministries.