Welcome to the Family of God
For all ages
You are my beloved child – Mark 1:11
Baptism is a significant experience that formalizes entrance into the Christian church, the community of faith. We believe that in baptism we claim our identity as God’s beloved child and celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit – for it is the Spirit that gives faith, forgives sins, and grants new and eternal life. There is much to celebrate! In baptism we are then called to join God’s mission in the world through proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
We often baptize infants and young children, because we believe baptism is a gift that you do nothing to deserve and, therefore, there is no need to wait to receive it. However, baptism is always open to all ages – including older children, teens, and adults who haven’t yet been baptized. All are welcome!
Baptism at St. Andrew’s involves attending a baptism workshop and celebrating the baptism during a worship service. Baptisms are performed during most regular services (see schedule below for exceptions).
The one-hour baptism workshop reviews what baptism is, what it means for you and/or your child, tips for raising a family of faith, and what the day of baptism will look like. Infants and children are welcome in the workshop, though childcare is also provided. Teens and adults are welcome to attend a workshop or arrange a conversation with a pastor.
The celebration in worship includes the baptism with parents (if a child/youth) and baptismal sponsors (often called godparents) joining at the front. Extended family and friends are invited to join the worship service to witness the special day. Families receive a keepsake baptismal napkin and a candle to light on baptismal anniversaries and other significant events in the child’s/person’s life ahead.
Individuals who are baptized become members of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and are encouraged to continue as an active participant in the congregation. Parents do not need to be members of St. Andrew’s to have a child baptized, although family members may join the church at the same time (please ask if you would like additional information). Church membership can be transferred to or from another congregation upon request.
Baptism Workshop Schedule:
Families are expected to attend a baptism workshop before the baptism of each child. Please register for the workshop at least one week prior; childcare is available.
Upcoming workshop dates:
Thursday, Dec. 12 – 6:30-7:30 p.m., Great Hall Room 2
Sunday, Jan. 12 – 12 -1 p.m., Sanctuary Room 204
Thursday, Feb. 13 – 6:30-7:30 p.m., Great Hall Room 2
Sunday, March 15 – 12-1 p.m., Sanctuary Room 204
Thursday workshop attendees are welcome to our free Community Meal at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall.
Sunday workshop attendees are invited to worship prior to the workshop time (worship times are listed below).
Baptisms (up to four) are available during all regular worship services as follows (with exceptions and holiday availability below):
Sunday 9 a.m. Sanctuary
Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary
Saturday 5 p.m. Great Hall
Sunday 8:45 a.m. Great Hall
Sunday 10:15 a.m. Great Hall
Sunday 4 p.m. Oneka Elementary
Exceptions – Baptisms are not available:
- Tuesday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve
- Saturday, Feb. 1, Third Grade Bible Blessing
- Sunday, Feb. 2, Third Grade Bible Blessing
- Sunday, April 5, Palm Sunday
- Sunday, April 12, Easter (See Holiday section below for Easter availability)
- Sunday, May 31, Senior Blessing
Holiday – Baptisms are available:
- Wednesday, Dec. 25, 11 a.m. Christmas Day (Sanctuary)
- Sunday, April 12, Easter at 10:30 a.m. in the Great Hall or 12 noon in the Sanctuary