ACCOMPANY: A New Approach to Welcoming New Members
The catechumenate is a very old process by which the church welcomes and teaches those who are new to the community and leads them toward baptism/ affirmation of baptism.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
Inquiry: Newcomers are paired with intentional sponsors who participate equally throughout the process in small groups. The curriculum is primarily “lectionary and life” – reflecting on the Sunday worship of the day and the Scriptures of the day, paired with open sharing and reflection. It is more formation than “information.”
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
All are welcome to experience the process of lectio divina. Those who are seeking membership for the first time are particularly encouraged to join in, whether or not they have been baptized or been part of a Lutheran congregation before. Those who are coming to St. John’s from outside the ELCA are strongly encouraged to take part so that the whole congregation can be engaged in welcoming you.
WHEN DOES IT BEGIN?
Sessions will begin on Sunday, October 4, during the Education Hour (9:45-10:30 a.m.) and continue each Sunday through November 22. Fall sessions will conclude when newcomers are officially welcomed on Sunday, January 10, 2016.
Whether or not you choose to join at this time,
you are always welcome to worship at St. John’s
and to participate in any of the congregation’s activities.