1.1 Members

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SECTION 1. Members

ARTICLE 1. All baptized persons are members in the Church, under its care and subject to its government and discipline.

ARTICLE 2. Persons received into full communion with the Church by confirmation, profession of faith, certificate, or renewal of profession shall be regarded as communicant members. They shall be entitled to the rights and privileges of the Church and can be deprived of them only by due process of discipline.

ARTICLE 3. Those baptized in infancy shall be received into full communion with the Church by confirmation, and unbaptized adults by baptism and profession of faith. In both cases they shall first receive proper instruction in the truths of the Gospel and give satisfactory evidence of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

ARTICLE 4. At the discretion of the Spiritual Council members of other branches of the Christian Church, in good and regular standing, may be received into the membership of the Reformed Church by certificate of dismission. If, however, such certificate cannot be obtained, they may be received by a renewal of their profession of faith in Christ. This does not preclude the Spiritual Council from deciding in either case, before they are thus received, whether or not they shall be instructed in the fundamental truths of the Christian religion as set forth in the Heidelberg Catechism.

ARTICLE 5. Members who have permanently changed their residence shall be urged by the minister or Spiritual Council to obtain a certificate of dismission and, as soon as possible, shall unite with another congregation of the Reformed Church, or another orthodox Protestant Church, as provided in Article 74. Members who for proper reasons, desire to unite with another congregation shall also be entitled to a certificate of dismission. The Spiritual Council dismissing members shall immediately communicate the fact to the Spiritual Council of the congregation to which they have been dismissed; and when they are received the latter shall promptly notify the former of their reception. Members dismissed shall be amenable to the congregation dismissing them until they have been received by the other congregation. A certificate of dismission shall be valid for one year from its date.

ARTICLE 6. It is the duty of Church members to live sober, righteous and godly lives, and to labor faithfully to bring others to Christ. They shall obey the laws and rules of life prescribed in the Word of God and abide by the Constitution of the Church and contribute liberally, in proportion to their means, to the support of the Gospel and for the extension of the Kingdom of Christ. Every member shall attend faithfully the public services of the Church and shall engage diligently in private devotions; and those who have been confirmed shall partake regularly of the Lord’s Supper. Parents shall give attention to the Christian training of the members of the household.

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