Baptism is the sign and seal of being born into the Body of Jesus Christ. As a sign, it points to something else beyond the water — new life from God. As a seal, it is a sacrament commanded by our Lord Jesus.
In the Presbyterian church, infants and children may be baptized, or a person may choose to be baptized for the first time as an adult. The New Testament reports predominantly adult baptisms, but does indicate that families also received the sacrament, e.g., the Philippian jailer and family in Acts 16. In Peter’s Pentecost sermon, he indicated that the new covenant “is for you and your children.”
Baptism always happens during a full Sunday worship service, because it involves the whole covenant community. An ordained minister of the church places water on the person’s head and baptizes him or her, “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
To learn more, contact Melanie Lenhard by email or by phone: (202) 537-7535.
According to scripture, Christian marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman. We understand weddings to be worship services that glorify God, and that dedicate the couple’s lives to upholding this covenant.
Weddings at National are reserved for church members. In some cases, depending on circumstances, a wedding may be held for an immediate family member of a church member. We require pre-marital counseling, and the pastor supervising the counseling reserves the right to decline to officiate based on his or her pastoral judgment.
There are fees associated with holding a wedding at National.
To learn more, contact Kristi Teems by email or by phone: (202) 537-7527.
In the Presbyterian tradition, a funeral or memorial service is called a "service of witness to the resurrection.” It is a worship service that gives thanks to God for the life of the deceased, and specifically proclaims the hope we have in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
So that we may have time, space, and full pastoral attention to devote to members of our congregation in their times of need and grief, we generally do not conduct funerals or memorial services for non-members.
For our members, there is a beautiful, peaceful columbarium located on the ground floor of the main church building. A columbarium is a lovely and dignified place in which to lay a person’s ashes to rest.
Funeral receptions may be held at the church. There are fees associated with holding any funeral or memorial service at the church.
To learn more, contact Liz Martin by email or by phone: (202) 537-7540.