We invite you with joy to join this community of faith! Baptism is the only requirement for full membership in the Episcopal Church and baptism in any denomination is accepted if it was performed with water and in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
If you are a baptized Christian, then you may become a member by simply having your name entered into our parish register. If you are a member of another Episcopal parish, we can receive a letter of transfer as the basis for entering your name. If you have been baptized and would like to join Christ Church, speak to one of the clergy. If you desire to be baptized or simply inquire about its meaning, you may also begin by speaking to one of the clergy.
Baptized members of the Episcopal Church may also receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation is not a necessary step for membership, but an important one for many as they embrace the Episcopal Church and this tradition within the Christian faith. Confirmation is a mature and public affirmation of one’s baptismal promises. Confirmation takes place at a service at the Washington Cathedral in which our Bishop confirms together all parishioners from the Diocese who are receiving confirmation at that time. Preparation for confirmation takes place with one of the parish’s clergy or through a series of classes offered during the year.
If you already have been confirmed in another church that claims apostolic succession for its bishops (such as the Roman Catholic or one of the Orthodox churches), you can be received into the Episcopal Church as a confirmed communicant.