In his book The Anglican Way John Baycroft identifies eight necessary steps to becoming involved in a church community. The following is adapted from his list.
- Acquire a Bible, a Prayer Book, and a parish church immediately (ideally St. Peter's), and became involved/engaged in all three regularly.
- As soon as you are ready to make a commitment, be prepared to follow the way of Jesus.
- If you are not already baptized and confirmed, approach your parish priest and ask to be prepared for these sacraments. This will enrich the nourishment you will receive from the three fountains of living water: that is, the Bible, prayer and the sacraments.
- Discipleship is costly. Be prepared to make changes and sacrifices.
- Become active in some ministry in the church and your community (locally and/or globally).
- Take your Christianity seriously. Work hard at it. But don't be too serious. God has a sense of humour.
- Ask a parish priest or other experienced Christian to be your spiritual adviser.
- Don't expect to be wildly enthusiastic all the time. On a journey from here to eternity you are bound to pass through humdrum, tranquil, tumultuous, and exciting times.
May God bless you on your way . . .