Church Fellowship / Membership
Fellowship is a spiritual unity of believers through our Lord Jesus Christ. Church members join together to fulfill the mission of the Gospel by worshiping and glorifying God, by praying together, and sharing in fellowship. The Greek word for fellowship is “koinonia”, which refers to a “sharing of life”. While visiting the parish of Holy Trinity, it is our hope that the visitor experiences authentic Christian hospitality and the joys of our Lord that comes through association with fellow Christians. Having experienced the warmth, dedication, and love of Holy Trinity the visitors may consider becoming a Steward of our parish and a servant of the Lord.
Every person who is baptized and chrismated according to the rites of the Eastern Orthodox Church is a parishioner. The religious, moral and social duties of a parishioner at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church are to apply the tenets of the Orthodox Faith to his/her life and to accomplish the following in faith:
- One must adhere to and live according to the tenets of the Orthodox Faith.
- Faithfully attend the Divine Liturgy and other worship services.
- Participate regularly in the Holy Sacraments (i.e. Holy Communion, Holy Unction and Holy Confession.)
- Respect all ecclesiastical authority and all governing bodies of the Church and be obedient in matters of Faith, practice and ecclesiastical order.
- Contribute towards the progress of the Church’s sacred mission.
- Be an effective witness and example of the Orthodox Faith and Traditions to all people.
In addition to the above, a parishioner must commit time, talent and treasure to Holy Trinity. These three words represent one’s Stewardship to the Church. Each individual is called to be a Steward of God’s gifts which have been entrusted to him, for surely that which has been given to us shall be demanded in return by God. (The Parable of the Talents)
From the Parable of the Talents found in the Gospel according to St. Matthew, you can understand that giving is a spiritual matter and a personal responsibility. As stated in Holy Scripture, the financial obligation to Holy Trinity should be 10% of one’s annual income. Obviously, charity is placed on a voluntary basis but we know that God loves a cheerful giver. The love a parishioner has for God and for the Church determines the amount that he/she will commit annually.
If you are an Orthodox Christian and new to Holy Trinity, you are encourage to speak with Fr. Peter Delvizis about becoming an active member of the parish. If you are not baptized or chrismated in the Eastern Orthodox Faith and would like to become a member at Holy Trinity, a period of catechism in required before you become a member. Fr. Peter can direct you in the necessary steps. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church directly at 908.868.5746.