Baptism & Confirmation
The Holy Sacrament of Baptism
From the point of view of Christian faith, the most significant and transforming event in a person’s life is baptism. Holy Baptism is a sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ's body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God (Book of Common Prayer, p.858). Baptism is a sign of God's own love for us, unmerited and unconditional. It is a sign of new life and new beginning in Christ.
We baptize people of all ages.
WHEN WE SCHEDULE BAPTISMS
Baptism is a powerful, transformational moment for the entire faith community at which we welcome our newest members, vow to support them, and in so doing reaffirm our own baptismal vows. Thus, baptism belongs in public worship and is incorporated into regular services during the year. The following is our schedule of upcoming baptism dates:
- Sunday, January 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (Baptism of our Lord)
- Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. (Great Vigil of Easter)
- Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (Feast of Pentecost + Bishop's Visit)
- Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (Open House Sunday)
- Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. (All Saints' Sunday)
Preparation for Baptism
- Infants and Children: The parents of infants and young children prepare for the child's baptism by attending the Water into Life class. Water into Life explores the meaning of baptism in the Christian tradition and the Book of Common Prayer, offers practical ways to nurture your own faith journey and that of your family, and provides an opportunity to build community with other parents in the church. Parents are required to complete this one-session class prior to their child's baptism, and godparents are encouraged to attend if they are able. Parents and godparents are also required to attend a rehearsal prior to the baptism.
- Older Children and Youth: The requirement for preparation is tailored to the individual spiritual journey. Please contact a clergy person. (Click here for clergy contact information.)
- Adults: The requirement for preparation for adults is also tailored to the individual spiritual journey. We strongly recommend our Covenant Class series (Click here for class information) and a conversation with a clergy person is welcomed.
If you need assistance regarding baptism, contact our Brandie Mae Brubb, Baptism Coordinator at 703-778-4939 or via email.
The Holy Sacrament of Confirmation
Confirmation is a time when a parishioners make a public affirmation of their maturing faith and take on the promises made at their baptism for themselves. The Bishop leads the worship service and lays hands on each individual confirmand while praying for the Holy Spirit to continue to sustain and empower that person. Confirmation is a spiritual journey point in the life of a Christian; it is not a rite of passage that must happen at any particular age. Confirmation preparation includes studying the Bible, Christian history, theology, and the history of the Episcopal church, as well as engaging in service to others, prayer, reflection, and discernment. Preparation for confirmation for adults happens through Covenant Class. (Click here for class information.)
If you need further assistance regarding confirmation, click here to contact the Rev. Heather VanDeventer.