Welcome to the Parish Support Center for the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.
Membership in the Episcopal Church is conferred by the Sacrament of Holy Baptism by water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, whether in this Church or another Christian Church and recorded in this Church.
Members who have received Holy Communion in this Church at least three times during the preceding year are considered to be communicants. Communicants "in good standing" have been faithful in corporate worship, and in working, praying and giving for the spread of the Kingdom of God.
Members of the Episcopal Church are customarily recorded in the parish register of the church at which they regularly worship. Should a member wish to transfer to another church, they should ask the clergyperson (or Warden, if no clergy is available) of their current church, for a "Letter of Transfer". This letter should be addressed to the clergy of the church to which the transfer is being made, and should certify if the member is
A) A communicant
B) recorded as being in good standing, and
C) has been confirmed or received by a Bishop of this Church
The clergy or warden receiving this letter of transfer should:
1) Acknowledge receipt to the church that issued it, and
2) Record the information as conveyed in the parish register.
The person's removal should be noted also in the parish register of the issuing church.
Further complete information on membership and transfers is available in the National Canons
Schools & Day Care
Two college preparatory schools are historically associated with the diocese: St. George's, Newport, and St. Andrew's, Barrington.
Several diocesan churches have nursery schools, pre-school or day care programs.