​​​​​Lakewood  United Methodist Church

3856 West Tenth Street

Erie, PA  16505


 Pastor Kathleen Schoeneck 

Lakewood United Methodist Church Erie PA is a loving congregation 

focused  on helping people discover, experience and

know the love and presence of Jesus Christ. 

Lakewood  United Methodist Church  3856 West 10th Street  814.833.4131 
                Rev. Kathleen Schoeneck, Pas​tor  pastor@lakewooderie.org

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JoiningLakewood United Methodist Church

Joining the Church


After a child has been baptized as an infant, they are encouraged to attend Sunday School, Kids on a Mission, Vacation Bible School, summer camp, youth group, and all of the Christian Education opportunities offered at Lakewood UMC. Baptism is the beginning of the faith journey, but faith needs to be encouraged and nurtured.

When the young person is in sixth grade, or about 11 or 12 years old, they are eligible to become professing members of the church. The pastor offers confirmation classes when there are several young people who express an interest in deepening their faith, and becoming professing members of the church.

These classes are offered at different times of the year, depending on the number of youth interested, and the pastor’s schedule. Any parent, or youth, wanting more information about joining the church as a professing member are encouraged to speak to the pastor.


    People who have attended Lakewood United Methodist Church for a period of time may express an interest in becoming a member of the Church. Simply speak to the pastor and express an interest and the pastor will schedule a new member class to help those persons prepare for church membership and becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ.

There are several ways to become a professing member of a local United Methodist Church. A person who has not been baptized would join by baptism and profession of faith. A person who already belongs to a United Methodist Church may transfer their membership to Lakewood. A person who belongs to one of several denominations may also transfer their letter of membership.

Other churches do not have that type of reciprocal membership. Therefore, a person who had been baptized in that tradition would join our church by profession of faith, but they would not need to be re-baptized.

In any case, a person who has attended Lakewood and feels a desire to deepen that relationship with the church may speak to the pastor about church membership. Per the pastor’s schedule, new membership orientation classes are then scheduled.

Lakewood is a growing a vital congregation. We would eagerly look forward to having the opportunity to talk to you about becoming a professing member of our congregation. Welcome to the family!