Baptism

Welcome to the Family of God

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

We are currently offering baptism in two ways (as of July 16, 2020):

1)Families may choose to schedule a baptism with a group size limited to 25 people, plus the pastor, or groups of 26-50 people by special arrangement. Baptisms are held in our Sanctuary worship space and all persons participating are required to wear a mask and observe physical distancing guidelines. The following times are available:

Sundays at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at 4 or 5:30 p.m.

Please schedule and verify availability with Lisa Heyer at least two weeks prior and receive email confirmation that your baptism is scheduled. All attendees will pre-register and check in upon arrival to follow new COVID-19 related safety guidelines.

2)Families may choose to wait until regular Saturday and Sunday worship services resume in the future.  Baptism dates for this option are not yet being scheduled. In the meantime, anyone looking into baptism is invited to inquire and ask questions to begin the journey toward baptism.

For all questions and scheduling of both your workshop and baptism, contact Lisa Heyer, Baptism Ministry Coordinator, at lheyer@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, July 19 – 12 noon – 1 p.m., online via Zoom

Thursday, Aug. 13 – 6:30-7:30 p.m., online via Zoom

Sunday, Sept. 20 – 12-1 p.m., online via Zoom

Thursday, Oct. 8 – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Alternative workshop options may be available. 

Baptism Celebration Schedule:

Sundays – 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.

Wednesdays – 4 or 5:30 p.m.

Baptism and Registration Information

Lisa Heyer, Baptism Ministry Coordinator, 651.762.9175, lheyer@saintandrews.org

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