The Session intends that the congregation’s Membership Roll is an accurate list of those whose baptismal promises are currently being lived out within the life of University Hill Congregation. If we refrain from participating in the life of the congregation we are choosing to withdraw from our covenantal promises and, by doing so, to remove ourselves from membership in the congregation. At such times the Session intends to take care that members are given every opportunity to state their desire and intention to remain active in the life of the congregation before acting to remove a person from the congregation’s Membership Roll.
Adult baptism after appropriate preparation (minimum age - thirteen), on recommendation of a member of University Hill Congregation and by action of the Session.
Renewal of baptismal faith after appropriate preparation for those who have been baptised as an infant or child and wish to confirm their vows (minimum age - thirteen) on recommendation of a member of University Hill Congregation and by action of the Session.
Renewal of baptismal faith for those from another congregation of the ecumenical Christian
church who have been baptised and who wish to join this congregation without a certificate
of transfer, as recommended by the Session.
Transfer of an active membership for those with a certificate of transfer from another congregation of the ecumenical Christian church, as recommended by the Session
Removal from the Membership Roll
Removal from the Membership Roll will occur when a member is not active in the congregation’s life for a period of three years, and following contact by mail (as well as by phone or in person if possible) to determine if they wish to maintain an active membership in the congregation. If the response is negative, or if there is no reply, the member will be removed from the roll by the Session. Activity in the congregation will be noted annually (normally in June) by a task group made up of congregational leaders (leadership team, envelope secretaries, Sunday school co-ordinators, etc).
No names are ever removed from the congregation’s Historic Roll which records those who have, at one time, been active members in the congregation.