Wade and I are giving up on joining the church we’ve been attending. We wanted to join last fall and after months of checking a box and emails before getting a response, we found out that Community Methodist didn’t have open membership. They didn’t even allow a transfer of membership from one Methodist church to another (Wade and I both grew up as Methodists). We tried to sign up for the required membership classes and the earliest ones were February. Due to Alex’s early arrival we couldn’t attend. The next ones offered were June. We have been to all four classes, but not had our one-on-one meeting with the pastor. The last meeting was not great – the nursery workers didn’t arrive so we had three small children in the class with us. I don’t know about the other two, but it was definitely past Alex’s bedtime. The class was supposed to be from 7:00-8:30. Due to the lack of childcare they let us out at 8. Today we received an email telling us we had to repeat that class because we didn’t receive all the information. No thanks. We’re done. It has been much too hard to join this church.