• For where two or three are gathered together in my name,

    there am I in the midst of them.

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How do I join calvary?

If you are here as a newcomer or an inquirer, have experienced our worship services or just checked out the church and its activities and are interested in joining the Episcopal Church and becoming an Episcopalian, please contact a priest and we will be happy to tell you about the Episcopal Church—what we believe, how we worship, and what makes us distinctive as Christians and people of faith.

Here are some basic guidelines to becoming an Episcopalian:

You can be a member of Calvary Church without necessarily being an Episcopalian. We welcome you and we are glad you are with us, and will greet you warmly whenever you come. In general, we recognize you as a member if you attend church regularly, participate in some way in our church and community life, and pledge a financial commitment to the church. We also ask for your contact information so that we can be in touch with you, send you updates in our newsletters, and help you with any pastoral needs you may have.

Even if you can only come to church once in a while, you can still be on our mailing list and whenever we see you, we will welcome you with open arms.

Being an Episcopalian is a spiritual commitment. As a liturgical and sacramental church, we believe that the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist are important to being a member of the Episcopal Church.

If you have never been baptized in any church, we encourage you to be baptized, and thus to make the baptismal vows to God that commits you to a life in Christ. Please check the Rite of Holy Baptism, page 298 in the Book of Common Prayer, to see what happens when you are baptized.

Holy Baptism, says the Prayer Book, is “full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God established in Baptism is indissoluble.” This means that there is only one baptism, if done “in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” So if you have been baptized already, in another Christian church, in the name of the Trinity, you do not need to be baptized again.

We do encourage confirmation, if you were baptized as an infant. Confirmation is a mature commitment to Christ and a public reaffirmation of the baptismal vows that were made on your behalf by your parents or guardians. Confirmation is a sacramental rite, of which the outward sign is the laying on of hands by the Bishop. Area confirmations take place each spring, or may be done during the Bishop’s visitation to the parish.

Person who desire leadership roles in the church, particularly as Vestry members or Wardens, need to be confirmed.

Another important part of being Episcopalian is regular participation in the Sunday rite of Holy Eucharist. Our Savior Jesus Christ himself commanded us not only to baptize but also to share his body and blood “in remembrance of me.” In the Episcopal Church, Holy Eucharist is the principal service on Sundays, and an integral part of the Episcopal faith. We do not take roll or keep attendance records, but we do encourage regular attendance at Sunday services.

Stewardship

commitment to church

“Stewardship” has to do with overseeing and protecting something considered to be worth caring for and preserving. Is Calvary, with its joyful spirit and its deeply rooted attentiveness, worth caring for and preserving?

It’s not just giving money to pay for services or benefits that the church can give to us. It’s about caring for and preserving a precious treasure for future generations, and nurturing a church that is, honestly, a jewel in the diocese. And it’s about giving back to God the good gifts that God has given to us, through the church.

The ingathering of pledges traditionally takes place in the fall, as the church begins to prepare its budget for the upcoming year. When you consider making a pledge—a commitment to keep your church alive and well—remember that you are not “buying” a year at Calvary. You are preserving and caring for a treasure, not only for your own enjoyment and spiritual fulfillment, but for your children and your children’s children.

Why is it important to make a pledge to your church? Here are some reasons:

Stewardship is a matter of trust. Stewardship is about taking good care of what is entrusted to you, whether it is your home, your pet, the planet earth, or your church and spiritual home. It isn’t just about giving money—although money is needed to ensure the survival and prosperity of your trust.

Stewardship is a time to care. There is a lot to care about at Calvary. Calvary is in your memories, your life stories, and of course in your friendships and relationships. Calvary is a gem in the neighborhood and in the city of Cincinnati. It is a gem in the spirit of all of the people who have worshiped here and who worship here now.

Stewardship is a matter of commitment. In a culture where we are increasingly reluctant to commit to things like relationships, alma maters, and hometowns, we may be counter-cultural when we affirm our commitments to things that are important to us. But loyalty, faithfulness, and commitment are holy qualities, as God is loyal, faithful, and committed to us. And sometimes, it just feels good to be able to affirm our priorities!

Pledging is important because, for practical reasons, we cannot create a budget based on loose Sunday offerings. We need written pledges on which we can rely, to be able to plan financially for the year. A pledged commitment makes a big difference. If you are accustomed to giving regularly without pledging, please consider making a pledge as a commitment to your church.

Gatherings at Calvary

Building Use

Calvary Church is a beautiful building, and we are happy to share the use of the building when possible

 

WEDDINGS

Weddings are arranged between the couple and the rector, and when approved to be performed in the church, the rector will help the couple to make arrangements for the use of the church space.

FUNERALS

Death often comes unexpectedly, and so the liturgy for honoring and celebrating the life of a deceased loved one is often arranged at short notice. As soon as you know that you wish to hold a funeral or memorial service for a loved one, please contact the rector as soon as possible. You may also call the church office to arrange contact with one of the priests. Understanding the stress of this difficult time, the clergy will make every effort to accommodate you and to help you through the process of arranging and coordinating the funeral service.

OUTSIDE GROUPS

We also welcome outside groups to use the church building when possible, for one-time events, multi-day workshops, or regular activities at prescribed times. Such requests need to be directed to the Parish Administrator at the church office, so that a determination may be made whether the church is available and to make sure that we can accommodate your needs and coordinate with any other activity taking place at the same time.

3766 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH, 45220
calvaryclifton@fuse.net
513-861-4437

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