Membership FAQ's


Q. How do I become a member of Bethlehem?
Q. How do I transfer my membership to Bethlehem?
Q. What are the hours for the church office?
Q. How do I schedule an appointment with a pastor? Are evening appointments available?
Q. How do I set up a baptism for my child? Do I need to be a member?
Q. How do I schedule a wedding at Bethlehem? Do I need to be a member?
Q. Are there counseling sessions with a pastor before being married?
Q. Do I need to be a member for my child to attend Sunday School?
Q. Can my child start attending Sunday School at any time?
Q. Are there Christian education opportunities for adults?
Q. Do you offer child care?
Q. How to I become a member of the Voters’ Assembly?


 

Q. How do I become a member of Bethlehem?

A. For those all ready confirmed in the Lutheran church, by transfer or reaffirmation of faith.
For those adults who have not been baptized, or confirmed in the Lutheran church, by attending an Adult Information Class. These classes are offered twice a year and all are invited to attend. 

Q. How do I transfer my membership to Bethlehem?

A. If you are a member of another Lutheran church contact the church office: 904.249.5418 to begin the transfer process.

Q. What are the hours for the church office?

A. 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Phone: 904.249.5418

Q. How do I schedule an appointment with a pastor? Are evening appointments available?

A. To schedule an appointment, contact the church office at 904.249.5418. Special arrangements can be made for those whose working schedules do not allow them to come in during normal business hours.

Q. How do I set up a baptism for my child? Do I need to be a member?

A. Members may call the church office 904.249.5418 to arrange a baptism date and time. You do not need to be a member to schedule a baptism for your child. Non-members will need to meet with a pastor prior to scheduling a baptism.

Q. How do I schedule a wedding at Bethlehem? Do I need to be a member?
A. Weddings are conducted for couples who are interested in building a marriage relationship around a shared commitment to Jesus Christ. Members may schedule a meeting with a pastor. 

Q. Are there counseling sessions with a pastor before being married?

A. Pre-wedding counseling sessions are arranged through the church office with the couple and the pastor who will be performing the ceremony. This is a must for those who wish to get married at Bethlehem.

Q. Do I need to be a member for my child to attend Sunday School?
A. No, all children are welcome to attend Sunday School at Bethlehem. Sunday School starts in the Sanctuary at 9:30 am, from there the children are dismissed to their classrooms.

Q. Can my child start attending Sunday School at any time?
A. Yes. In August students move up to the grade that coincides with their school grade. At that time, parents have the opportunity to meet teachers and accompany children to their new classroom, but it is never too late to start.

Q. Are there Christian education opportunities for adults?

A. Bethlehem offers a variety of opportunities for growing in your faith. Course topics, dates and locations vary. We strongly suggest and encourage Bible Study as we know that God works through His Word. 

Q. Do you offer child care?

A. Yes. Infants and toddlers are welcome in the Nursery which is located in Bartholomew classroom in the courtyard. The Nursery is open during the 8, 9:30 and 11 am services for your convenience.

Q. How to I become a member of the Voters’ Assembly?
A. To become a voting member, you must:

  • be a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church
  • have read Bethlehem Constitution and By-Laws
  • When you attend your first Voters’ meeting and sign in, check the box on the registration card to indicate that you wish to become a members of the Voters’ Assembly.