“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298).

Baptism is the foundation for all future church participation and ministry.

Adult Baptism

We have ongoing opportunities to prepare adults to enter more fully into Christian life and faith. For adult baptism, please contact The Rev. Pete Nunnally at pete.nunnally@stmarysarlington.org.

Infant and Child Baptism

Each candidate for baptism in the Episcopal Church must be sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Sponsors (godparents) speak on behalf of candidates for baptism who are infants or younger children and cannot speak for themselves at the Presentation and Examination of the Candidates. All baptism candidates must complete the baptism prep class (with parents if youth or infant).

2020 Baptism Dates

Baptism is understood as a community event to be celebrated in the context of corporate worship and the Eucharist. The following worship services may include the sacrament of Baptism.

Easter Sunday, Apr. 12, 2020
5:30 a.m. Morning Great Vigil of Easter
Sunday, Mar. 29 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Parents wanting to baptize their child/children on any of the listed above are required to attend the corresponding Baptism preparation class at St. Mary’s. To reserve your date, please email St. Mary’s Parish Co-Administrator at Elizabeth.Bruington@StMarysArlington.org.

Recognizing Your Baptism at St. Mary’s

The Episcopal Church recognizes any baptism administered with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. You can be registered as a baptized member of St. Mary’s if you have been baptized in a church other than the Episcopal Church.

You can send us a letter listing your name, date, current address and state that you wish to have your baptism recognized and registered with our church. Please include a copy of your baptismal or confirmation certificate and mail or deliver all materials to:

Attn: Elizabeth Bruington
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
2609 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

If you do not have a certificate, please list in your letter (or email) the details of full name given at the time of baptism, your mother’s maiden name, the date of the baptism, the name of the church, including denomination, as well as address and phone number for the church where you were baptized,  so that we may contact the church.

Questions? Please contact St. Mary’s Parish Co-Administrator at 703-527-6800 or Elizabeth.Bruington@StMarysArlington.org.