Membership at Metropolitan United Church is a formal commitment to Metropolitan and the United Church of Canada. It involves deepening your relationship with this church and congregation, and exploring how we can apply the teachings of Jesus to the needs of our modern world.
We encourage an active membership at Metropolitan, whether through committee work or through the many day-to-day tasks that keep Metropolitan going. Stewardship of the church’s resources is another major component of membership.
If full membership is too much of a commitment, you are welcome to consider yourself an "adherent." An adherent is someone who is involved with the church, attends regularly, and may donate substantially, but has not taken the steps to become a member. At Metropolitan, we have hundreds of adherents who are very important to our church life, but membership remains the key to a deeper involvement in the church community. We also have many in the congregation who are members of two churches, our downtown church and perhaps another neighbourhood or hometown church. These people, too, add much to our church community.
How to become a Member
- Join us for our 11 a.m. service on Sunday. Get a feel for our church and its community.
- If you enjoy your experience at our service, contact Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea by email through this site, or by phone at 416-363-0331 ext. 24.
- John Joseph will invite you to attend a Membership Inquiry Day, usually a Saturday morning. You will have the opportunity to explore membership through story sharing, breaking bread, and touring the church. We have a very broad concept of Christian faith in the United Church and we suspect that your beliefs can easily fit within ours.
- A few days later, John Joseph will contact you to learn your decision concerning membership.
- Once you have communicated your decision to become a member, we will set a date for Membership Reception, held during our regular 11 a.m. Sunday service. You will be formally welcomed before the Congregation at that time.
Membership is a process of discovery. Some people arrive at Metropolitan United as seasoned veterans of the United Church, while others are newcomers who have found faith and a new faith community in Metropolitan that they can call home. As members, we have a mission. In the words of Paul to the Colossians: "As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience."