Welcome to the St. Paul's Community
St. Paul's strives to be a cathedral for Houston that embodies its diversity, inspires faith, and leads change for the common good of all peoples and communities.
Vibrant worship is at the heart of who we are. St. Paul’s provides enriching opportunities to grow in faith, including prayer groups, Bible studies, and ministries for all ages.
Justice and mercy flow out of our Christian faith. At St. Paul's, you'll find an active and growing ministry with homeless persons in the city, partnerships with organizations that do restorative work with those in need, an after-school program for children in our community, and much more.
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church sees itself as a cathedral for the city. We hope you will become a part of this vibrant community of faith.
How do I become a member?
If you're considering becoming a member, we encourage you to attend Exploring St. Paul's, a one-hour class offered nearly every month (typically on third Sundays; choose between 9:45 am or 11:05 am). Becoming a member of St. Paul’s means you are ready to make a commitment to follow Christ and to participate faithfully in the life of the church. Your vows are witnessed by the congregation who promises to support you as we grow in faith together.
You'll be asked whether you are joining by:
Professing your faith in Jesus Christ for the first time
Transferring your membership from another United Methodist Church
Transferring your membership from another Christian faith community
How Do I Join?
If you are not yet baptized, you can be baptized either before you join or at the same service in which you take your membership vows. Depending on when you want to join the church, there are two ways to do your membership vows:
1. First Sundays in the Chapel
On the first Sunday of the month, new members may join in the Chapel after the worship service. A pastor and a small community from the congregation will witness and share in your membership vows.
2. All Other Sundays in the Sanctuary
During the singing of the last hymn, bring your attendance card and come forward to where all the pastors are standing. The congregation will sit after the hymn and a pastor will present the membership vows, welcome you, and the congregation will also greet you as they leave the service.
When you join the church, you are given the opportunity to take these vows:
Do you repent of your sin and accept the power that God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves? I do.
Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the church, which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races? I do.
As a member of this congregation, will you participate faithfully in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness? I will.