Holy Baptism, one of the two primary sacraments of the Church, is initiation into the Christian Church. Baptism at St. John's Church is also incorporation into the Episcopal Church and inclusion as a member of this parish. At Baptism, one assumes all of the privileges and responsibilities of full membership, including the reception of Holy Communion. As the Book of Common Prayer puts it, "Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble."
Everyone who is baptized is sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Sponsors of adults present those who are to be baptized and affirm a commitment to support their candidate through prayer and example. Sponsors (godparents) of children speak on behalf of the child and promise to guide the child in a Christian life.
For more information about Holy Baptism, contact the Reverend Ed Miller at 703-356-4902, extension 120.