Baptism is the action through which an individual becomes a part of the Christian community and member of the church. It is a sacred and holy act. In The Episcopal Church, baptism is made available to infants, children, and adults. When older children and adults are baptized, they are publicly acknowledging that they are choosing to place their hope and faith in Jesus and intend to follow him. When infants and younger children are baptized, parents and sponsors (Godparents) promise on behalf of the child to actively raise the him/her in a church community so that the child may come to know Jesus for him/herself.
In The Episcopal Church, we recognize baptisms performed in other Christian churches and denominations as long as it was administered with water in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as commanded by Jesus in the Gospels. Once a person has been baptized, regardless of the church or denomination in which it occurred, he/she does not need to be baptized again.
Baptism is typically administered on Sunday mornings during our worship services. In cases of an emergency or other extenuating circumstances, baptism may be administered at a different time or location. Preparation meetings with the rector (pastor) are required prior to a baptism. If you would like to discuss baptism further or schedule a potential service of baptism, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-864-8880.