Newcomers/Membership

We are delighted that you are interested in the Chapel of the Cross.

Take a look around our website—we offer many opportunities for worship, Christian formation, and fellowship.  Please sign up for our emails and the Cross Roads Journal blog; we also have specific Facebook and Twitter groups for

Visitors at our worship service are encouraged to fill out a welcome card (hanging on the backs of the pews) and place it in the offering plate or give it to an usher.  We also urge you to visit our newcomers’ table, where you can learn more about our parish and complete a newcomers’ information card.

Membership

If you are interested in joining the Chapel of the Cross and have questions about how to proceed, please call the office and make an appointment with one of the clergy.  If you are an Episcopalian coming from another parish, Travis Powers in the church office can help you request a letter of transfer from your home parish.

If you are new to the Christian faith, or new to the Episcopal church, we offer regular classes for both youth and adults—called Inquirers’ Classes that offer an in-depth exploration of the Christian faith, as well as what it means to be an Episcopalian.   Our inquirers’ classes, which begin in September and run through the following April, are led by clergy. Anyone interested in a deeper understanding of faith—or an Episcopal refresher course!— is invited to participate. The course welcomes those new to the Chapel of the Cross and to the Episcopal Church and is an excellent preparation for adult baptism or confirmation.  The Bishop of North Carolina visits every year during the Easter season for confirmation and reaffirmation of baptismal vows.

A Directory of Parish Ministries and the parish’s Annual Report list the wide range of ways in which you may learn about the Chapel of the Cross. We invite you to participate at a level that is appropriate for you.

Orientation classes are offered regularly between the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services; no pre-registration is required. These Sunday morning sessions include the topics of ministry, history, and the many ways the Chapel of the Cross works to serve the Church and the community; the classes also give you a chance to meet our clergy and other newcomers. A tour of the parish buildings is included after one of the sessions.

A fall newcomer reception is held at the church; a spring gathering is held at the home of the Rector.

Newcomer Shepherds

As members of the Hospitality Guild, Shepherds are assigned to newcomers or visitors who have registered at the Newcomer’s Table following a Sunday service. Shepherds contact newcomers by telephone to invite them to church activities and to church-related social events, enabling them to connect with parishioners and vice-versa.

Welcome events are held in parishioners’ homes to allow all to become better acquainted in a social setting.  Shepherds maintain contact by telephone for three, or more, months, if necessary. Many of the current members of the Hospitality Guild were served by a shepherd when they were new arrivals.