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“Holy Baptism in the sacrament by which God adopts us as God’s children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.” These words from The Book of Common Prayer reflect our understanding of Holy Baptism as the rite of full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into the Christian faith.  The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble—it cannot be broken. At St. James’ Church, Holy Baptism is administered during Sunday worship at least six times a year, except during the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent. Because it is a rite of initiation into a community of faith, Baptism is not administered privately, but within the gathered community during the celebration of Holy Eucharist on a Sunday. Baptism is offered to all adults, and to children or grandchildren of active members. In The Episcopal Church, both adults and children (including infants) are baptized as Christians (not as Episcopalians).  Adults and parents of children to be baptized participate in baptismal preparation. If you are interested in being baptized or having your child baptized, please contact Mark Feather, Rector, at http://mark@stjamesleesburg.org or Kate Bryant, Senior Associate Rector, at http://kate@stjamesleesburg.org for further information.  You may also reach Mark or Kate by telephone at the Church Office (703-777-1124).