baptism 2The Sacrament of Baptism

In all baptisms, God is at work in the life of the one being baptized, assuring us of our cleansing from sin, our participation in Christ’s death and resurrection, and our welcome into the household of God. It is one of the most significant parts of our worship experience. At VPC, we baptize infants and children before they can speak for themselves, believing that God claims us as His own before we choose Him. We also baptize youth and adults upon their profession of faith, accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Baptisms are performed during a Sunday morning worship service, thereby involving the entire congregation in the promise to participate in the Christian nurture and encouragement in the life of the baptized.

General Information

Baptisms may take place in one of the following manners:

Infants and Young Children of VPC Members: Infants and children may be baptized on scheduled Sundays (see Baptism Dates below). Please note that parents must attend a Baptism Class prior to their first child being baptized; the parent class is not required for successive children. See more information below on the Baptism Classes.

Elementary Children: It is recommended that elementary children attend the Sacraments Class. For more information, contact Matt Sims at

Teens: It is recommended that teens attend Confirmation Class. For additional information, contact Michelle Rahal at

Adults: Adults may be baptized by joining VPC and becoming a member through the New Members Class. For more information, contact Kim Snyder at

A baptism certificate will be mailed to the family within several weeks following the Baptism.

Baptisms are currently scheduled for the following dates:

  • No Baptisms in April
  • May 12, 2019 (Mother’s Day)
  • June 16, 2019 (Father’s Day)
  • No Baptisms in July
  • August 18, 2019
  • September 15, 2019
  • October 20, 2019
  • November 17, 2019
  • December 15, 2019

To schedule a baptism, please use our online registration form. For more information, please contact Deb Crumbliss at 703.938.9050 x108 or

Baptism Classes

Anyone planning to have a child baptized at VPC must first attend (or have previously attended) a Baptism Class offered by VPC. The parent(s) attendance at this class is required only before the first child is baptized; attendance is not required prior to each additional child being baptized.

All classes will be held at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings in room 312 (unless stated otherwise). They are normally scheduled once a quarter.

Baptism Classes in 2019:

  • May 5, 2019
  • September 22, 2019

For more information, or to schedule attendance at a class, please fill out the baptism form, or contact Deb Crumbliss at: 703.938.9050 x108 or