Baptism is the beginning of our life as Christians, when we are “sealed as Christ’s own forever.” Baptisms are scheduled five times each year at our regular Sunday services and on Thanksgiving. The Episcopal Church encourages us to hold baptisms on four major feasts when they are most appropriate.
Here are the baptism dates for 2019:
April 21 (Easter Vigil at 6 a.m. for older kids, teens and adults)
If you are thinking about being baptized here or about having your child baptized here, please email the Rev'd Emily Griffin or call the church office at (202) 363-8286.
Infants & Children
Parents of infants and children to be baptized should make an appointment to discuss baptism with the Rev'd Emily Griffin. Parents and godparents also attend a preparation course offered by our catechumenal team. The course and rehearsal is held on the three Saturday mornings prior to baptism.
Adult candidates should contact the Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare to discuss their intent for baptism and enroll to attend the inquirer’s course.
Preparation for Baptism
The catechumenal team seeks, through discussion and reflection, to deepen the spiritual understanding of baptismal candidates or the parents of children being baptized. Members become knowledgeable about the history and theology of baptism in the Episcopal Church, and share that knowledge with those preparing for baptism. If you would like to be involved, contact the Rev'd Emily Griffin to learn more.
Youth at St. Alban’s are prepared for confirmation in the context of the Journey to Adulthood class and through other special gatherings. Confirmation is offered to youth in grades 10 and above. The decision to be confirmed is made by each individual and reflects their own experience of God’s grace and their commitment to the Christian faith. For more information, contact the Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare.
In confirmation, we make a mature commitment to Christ. A course of preparation is held for adults interested in baptism, confirmation, reception or reaffirmation in the Episcopal Church. These classes provide careful exploration of Christian faith and practice and help participants to grow in their relationship with God. Classes are conducted by the clergy. To learn more or to enroll, contact the Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare.
We believe that Christian marriage (whether between a man and a woman or between two persons of the same sex) provides the context for lifelong growth in faithfulness, love, patience, and grace, and we celebrate such marriages with joy and dignity. We hope and expect that those of our members who choose to engage in a marriage or other life-long union will choose to do so in a church context. Marriage is a sacrament which the members of the couple confer on one another in the presence of a priest, and so it is necessary that at least one of the participants have been baptized.
Marriage at St. Alban’s is open to all who are parishioners, children of parishioners, or who are in the process of becoming parishioners. If you are not a member of our congregation, you are welcome to begin attending St. Alban’s and to explore the ways in which we can grow in faithfulness together. For further information, please call or the church office at (202) 363-8286 to learn more about preparation for marriage. The Guide to the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage at St. Alban’s will help you plan your service.
Funerals and Memorial Services
Clergy help parishioners who wish to discuss arrangements for their own services or services for their loved ones. It is best to make arrangements for a funeral or a memorial service with a member of the Clergy as soon as the death occurs. The Clergy may be reached by calling (202) 363-8286. After hours, call the emergency contact line at (240) 670-4898. The Guide for Burial and Funeral Planning will provide you with the information you need to start planning the service for your loved one. Contact Renee Patrick in the church office for more details.
St. Alban’s Columbarium
St. Alban’s offers space in its columbarium for the interment of ashes of members and their immediate families. Niches in the columbarium are beneath a low wall outside the church, on the side facing the National Cathedral. Names and dates are engraved on the marble slabs. For more information contact Charles Porter.