Membership at Metropolitan United Church is a formal commitment to Metropolitan and the United Church of Canada. In becoming a member, we ask you to step across the threshold to link heart, mind, spirit and voice with this faith community. It means deepening your relationship with this church and congregation, and exploring further what can be learned from the teachings of Jesus and their application in this 21st century world.
Membership is a process of discovery. Some people arrive at Met as seasoned veterans of the United Church, and 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."
If you're not prepared to become an official member of Metropolitan, 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 hasn't taken the steps to becoming 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
1. Join us for a Sunday 11 a.m. service. We hope you will feel and embrace a real sense of the community and fellowship.
2. If you like what you've experienced, contact Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea (information below) and let him know that you are considering membership at Metropolitan.
3. You will be invited to attend a Membership Inquiry Day with John Joseph. At this time, usually a Saturday morning, you will be given the opportunity to explore membership with Metropolitan in a time of story sharing, breaking bread, and touring the church. Rest assured, we have a very broad concept of Christian faith in the United Church, and we suspect that your beliefs can easily fit within ours.
4. A few days later, John Joseph will contact you to learn your decision concerning membership.
5. 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.
6. We encourage an active membership at Metropolitan. You may consider bringing life and vision to committee work or the many day-to-day tasks that keep Metropolitan up and running.
7. A key component of membership also includes stewardship of our church resources. At this juncture you may have received Offering Envelopes or have arranged to donate through PAR or perhaps require information about these pathways. Ask a John Joseph, Elena or any staff person and they would be delighted to assist you with questions concerning stewardship.
If you are interested in becoming a member of Metropolitan United Church, please contact the Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea by email through this site, or by phone at 416-363-0331 ext. 24.