Why we join together
Explore shared values and opportunities to worship, serve and be in fellowship through involvement in a faith-based community whose understanding of God is Christ-taught and Biblically informed.
We encourage persons to confirm their commitment with vows of membership, joining in covenant with other members of Northridge United Methodist Church and more than 12 million United Methodists worldwide, as a committed way to participate in Christ's universal church.
"So we who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. - Romans 12:5
How You Join
There are four ways to join:
- Profession of faith, if you have not previously been a Christian church member
- Re-affirmation of faith, if you have at one time joined a church but are not currently connected
- Transfer from another United Methodist Church
- Transfer from another denomination
Those interested in joining Northridge United Methodist Church attend a one session membership class. Further information is available through the church office. (818-886-1555)
WHEN YOU JOIN
The United Methodist Church provides for a brief membership ritual that is included during a time of common worship.
Persons choosing to take the vows of membership are welcomed before the congregation by the pastor and a lay leader.
Affirmation is given to these questions:
Do you believe in God Almighty, creator of all things, and accept the gift of life given to you by the grace of God?
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, by whose grace you are freed from the errors of your past and are called and empowered to meet the full promise of your life?
Will you take an active part in the work of Jesus Christ through the ministries of the Northridge United Methodist Church?
Will you uphold the church by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness?
With each observance of this liturgy the congregation renews their vows.
"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his spirit and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.." - Ephesians 3:14-19 NRSV