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.