Membership in The Park Church

The Park Church practices the congregational form of governance as the means through which individual conscience is expressed and decisions are made concerning its life and ministry. The governance of the Church is vested in its members, who exercise the right of control in all its affairs.  The Council and all teams, committees, and staff are resources for the congregation and its ministry.

The members of the Church shall be persons who support the mission and ministry of The Park Church and who agree to become members after appropriate orientation by the Pastor. 

Members shall commit themselves to support the mission and ministry of The Park Church by:
  • regular participation in the ongoing life of the congregation,
  • financial giving,
  • assisting in the teams and tasks that facilitate congregational gatherings and events,
  • and otherwise doing the necessary work of the Church.

The Park Church in Elmira is under the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but is a member of the Susquehanna Association (New York Conference) of the United Church of Christ. All persons who are or shall become members of The Park Church are thereby members of the United Church of Christ. Any member may, on request, be granted a letter of transfer.  

Open and Affirming Statement

The Park Church, called by God to uphold Christian principles of love and respect for one another, has built a rich history of challenging oppression, working for justice and peace, and striving to eliminate prejudice in ourselves and others.

We, the members of the Park Church congregation, recognize and affirm the worth and dignity of every child, woman and man.  We embrace people of every ethnic origin, race, class, age, ability, gender and sexual orientation.

We welcome into Christian worship, membership, leadership, friendship and employment all who covenant with us to seek God’s truth and to follow Christ’s example.

We affirm our support and celebration of the lives and relationships of each member of our church and will continually study and address prejudice and lack of understanding which compromise the life, worth, dignity and civil rights of any individual.