To be a member of Trinity Methodist Church Petaling Jaya (TMC PJ) means pledging to work out one’s discipleship with Jesus Christ in and through the community of faith. While there are privileges afforded to a member, they are to be viewed as opportunities to further the kingdom of God and participate in the ministries of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.
How can you become a member of the community of faith?
Through one of three ways below:
- By profession of faith
- By confirmation/reaffirmation
- By transfer (from another community of faith)
The process involved for (3) is as follows:-
a) If you are a full member of another Methodist Church in Malaysia or overseas, according to the Methodist Book Of Discipline, you will need to write to your home church (either via the post but preferably via email) requesting for a transfer of membership. If you are using email, please extend a copy of that letter to your home church to email@example.com for our reference. You will need to contact our pastor-in-charge for a one-on-one chat. You will also need to fill up a membership registration form (click here to download) and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a formal reception of your membership into the community of faith at one of the Baptismal/Confirmation/New Members services. Please refer to the section below on duties of members and meaning of membership.
b) a) If you are not a member of a Methodist Church, you will have to attend the Adults/Youths Baptism and Membership Classes.
TMCPJ has two (2) schedules for Adult and one (1) schedule for Youth. The classes (once a week with breaks in between) are usually held on Saturdays for Adults and Sundays for Youths. The Adult class starts at 2:30pm-4:00pm whilst the Youth class starts at 2:00pm-3:30pm. Each class consists of 15 lessons spread over 4 months.
For 2017, the 1st Adult class will commence on 21st Jan 2017 whilst the 2nd Adult class will commence on 8th Jul 2017. The Youth class will commence on the 5th Feb 2017.
The actual schedules for the respective classes will be shared with the candidates at the class itself.
The “Baptismal/Confirmation & Reception of New member” Service will be held at the 5pm service on 4th June 2017 and 10th Dec 2017 respectively. After the service, there will be a light buffet dinner for new members (and guests) to get to know the community of faith.
If you want to attend the Adult/Youth classes, please contact email@example.com for more information.
Methodist Churches in Malaysia practice children baptism. This is primarily founded upon the understanding of the covenant a relationship God has initiated with His people. Parents who present their children for child/infant baptism make a covenant to bring up their children in the saving knowledge of our Lord God and prepare them for the ratification of their baptism through confirmation at the age 16 or before (if parents are of the view their child is ready for such a step to be taken by him/her).
To arrange for your child’s/children’s baptism, both parents must contact the pastor-in-charge for a one-on-one chat.
To ensure that data is captured correctly in the baptism certificate, please email the birth certificate of your child/children to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The baptism of the child/children will follow the dates scheduled for Adults and Youths Baptism.
Duties and privileges of Members and the Meaning of Membership
(ref Methodist Book of Discipline Section IV †112 – †119)
In short, to be a member of the community of faith, we strongly encourage you to
- Submit yourself to Christ as Lord and Saviour and making Him known in all areas of your life befitting of a disciple of Jesus Christ;
- Meet together and regularly attend Sunday worship services,
- Be in a small group of the community of faith,
- Pray individually and as part of the prayer gathering to deepen of one’s relationship with God as well as to intercede for others and the church,
- Learn through disciple classes, seminars; Bible study and training,
- Serve Christ and one another in the various ministries of the church, and
- Give tithes/pledges and use of spiritual gifts to support the church’s ministries
Update of Information
Members shall be responsible to provide the church with their latest information by emailing to email@example.com or via post. This is to ensure continual pastoral oversight by the community of faith on her members.