Baptism is a sacrament of Christian initiation. In baptism, we are united with Christ in his death and resurrection and born into God’s family, the Body of Christ, the Church. We become a new creation in Christ. Because it is Christ who brings us into this new life, baptism is forever. Once received, even in infancy, it can never be repeated. If you have decided to commit your life to Jesus Christ in baptism or wish to have your child baptized, please contact Katie Freer, Children’s Pastor, 301-654-2488, ext. 237
Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation
Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. At confirmation, we “confirm” the baptismal vows that were made on our behalf by parents, godparents, and church members. Confirmation is open to all who have been baptized. Like baptism, it cannot be repeated.
Confirmation classes are typically held February – March at All Saints Church and are open to students currently in 7th – 12th grades who have been baptized. We strongly encourage participants to attend all of the Sunday confirmation classes, which use a greatly condensed and concentration curriculum. In conjunction with the class, the following activities are strongly encouraged:
- regular attendance at Sunday worship services
- active membership in at least one of the church’s youth-based activities (choir, CLUB, CREW, Sunday school, serving as an acolyte)
- participation in the All Saints Parish Retreat in January
Adults seeking confirmation are encouraged to contact Gary Wieder (see contact information below).
If you have been baptized and confirmed in another Christian denomination and you want to make All Saints your permanent home, you may be received into the Episcopal Church.
Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows
Episcopalians may also reaffirm their baptismal vows as an adult gesture of recommitment or after a long absence from Christian worship or practice.
Contact - Gary Wieder, Family Pastor, at 301-654-2488, ext. 232
The Christian marriage ceremony is a worship service, during which family and friends of the couple seeking to be married “witness and bless” their union before God and God’s church, who seals their union. The community of All Saints wishes to support and strengthen marriages whether you are just getting married or are celebrating your 70th anniversary. Any couple seeking to be married at All Saints should be an active participant in our worship community. Contact - Lois McDonald, at 301-654-2488
Wedding Handbook (PDF, 500 KB)
The death of a member of the Church should be reported as soon as possible to the church, and arrangements for the funeral should be made in consultation with, the Rector. Please contact The Rev. Edward Kelaher, Rector, via the office at 301-654-2488.