How To Join
Types of Membership
The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association has different categories of membership depending on age, or whether it is a lifelong or a temporary membership.
- Lifelong Membership
- Juvenile Membership
- Young Persons Membership
- Limited-Period Pledge
It is also possible, of course, to support the Pioneers without becoming a member.
Lifelong Pioneers commit to doing three things
- Abstain from all alcoholic drink
- Wear the Pioneer emblem
- Recite the Pioneer prayer twice daily
Some people wish to make a commitment to abstain from alcohol for a limited period of their life. This may be as a prelude to becoming a full pioneer.
Or it may simply be a sacrifice for a particular period.
Many people for example take a pledge for the Lenten period.
This may be renewed as frequently as is wished.
People who have made a limited pledge promise to say the Pioneer prayer twice daily for the period of the pledge.
Thousands of people across the country help the Pioneers by attending Pioneer events, organising activities, making church gate collections, etc. This support and help is vital and is deeply appreciated.
There are many ways to support the Pioneers without becoming a member:
For Thy greater glory and consolation,
O Sacred Heart of Jesus,
for Thy sake to give good example,
to practice self-denial, to make eparation
to Thee for the sins of intemperance,
and for the conversion of excessive drinkers,
I will abstain for life from all intoxicating drinks.