Baptism

Welcome to the Family of God

For all ages
You are my beloved child – Mark 1:11

Beginning Nov. 7, baptisms are available: 

Saturdays, 5 p.m. in Great Hall, during the in-person Contemporary Worship service. Limited to one baptism and congregation size of 100.

Sundays, 9 a.m. in the Sanctuary, during the in-person Traditional Worship service. Limited to one baptism and congregation size of 200.

Each of the above requires all attendees to pre-register, wear a mask, and observe physical distancing guidelines. Please schedule and verify availability with Lisa Johnson at least two weeks prior and receive email confirmation that your baptism is scheduled.

Baptism is an entrance into our faith community. Our preference is for baptism to be held during a regular in-person worship service with the congregation. If this is not an option for your family, we can offer an individual baptism service (for your family and invited guests only) on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary, limited to your group size up to 25 people (or 26-50 by special arrangement).

For all questions and scheduling of both your workshop and baptism, contact Lisa Johnson, Baptism Ministry Coordinator, at ljohnson@saintandrews.org (voice mail 651.762.9175).

Baptism at St. Andrew’s

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. (Alternatives are being provided at the present time. See above.)

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, though childcare is also provided for in-person workshops. 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 participate in a baptism workshop or pre-baptism conversation with a pastor or staff person before baptisms occur. We are offering the following workshop opportunities, which will be held online until in-person workshops resume.

Upcoming Workshops:

Sunday, Nov. 15 – 12-1 p.m., online via Zoom

Thursday, Dec. 10 – 6:30-7:30 p.m., online via Zoom

Sunday, Jan. 17 – 12-1 p.m., online via Zoom

Thursday, Feb. 11 – 6:30-7:30 p.m., online via Zoom

Sunday, March 21 12-1 p.m., online via Zoom

Alternative workshop options may be available. 

Baptism Celebration Schedule:

Saturdays – 5 p.m., Great Hall, Contemporary Worship
Sundays – 9 a.m., Sanctuary, Traditional Worship
Sundays – 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary, individual service

All attendees will pre-register and check in upon arrival to follow COVID-19 related safety guidelines.

Baptism and Registration Information

Lisa Johnson, Baptism Ministry Coordinator, 651.762.9175, ljohnson@saintandrews.org

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