Holy Baptism Registration

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

 
Those desiring baptism for themselves or for their children are asked to complete the Baptism Registration Form. After your form has been processed, you will receive an e-mail to confirm the date and service you requested as well as the date of the Baptism Preparation Class. 
 
If you would like to discuss adult Baptism prior to the class, please contact Father John Spicer: 816.523.1602 x 125 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please contact Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Kat Mercer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 816-523-1602 x104 if you would like to discuss your child’s Baptism.
 
At St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, baptisms are scheduled throughout the year. The sacrament of baptism is celebrated by our entire parish family, during either the 8 am or 10:15 am Sunday service. 
 
The rite is celebrated on the following days:
 
Baptism of our Lord
January 14, 2018
January 13, 2019
 
Great Vigil of Easter
March 31, 2018
April 20, 2019
 
Pentecost
May 20, 2018
June 9, 2019
 
Transfiguration Sunday
August 6, 2017
August 5, 2018
August 4, 2019
 
All Saints’ Sunday
November 5, 2017
November 1, 2018
November 6, 2019
 
**Please note: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is celebrated in the context of the entire gathered community of the church and, as such, “private baptisms” are not permitted under any circumstances. Only medical or other pastoral considerations may warrant special consideration and are at the discretion of the clergy.
 
Infant Baptism of those who are not Church members
It is the view of the Episcopal Church that infant and child Baptism is only appropriate when at least one parent is an active member of a congregation and thus willing and able to raise the baptized child as a Christian within the Church and congregation. Historical and cultural affinity, or having been baptized as an Episcopalian oneself are not, without an ongoing commitment to a Christian life within the Church, sufficient justifications for Baptism of a child at an age when that child is incapable of making commitments for him or herself.
 
Baptism confers full membership
In the Episcopal Church, Baptism is the initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into full membership of the Church. Water is its essential visible sign, and the candidate is either immersed in it or has a liberal quantity poured over them. Our font at St. Andrew’s does not lend itself towards immersion - so we opt for the 'liberal' amount of water.  Infants have water gently poured over their heads.  For young people, teenagers and those of more mature years - expect to get pretty wet.  Dress accordingly!
 
The church in which it took place is not material
Our church recognizes all baptisms performed with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
 
Sponsors and Godparents
Each young person, teenage, or adult candidate for Baptism must have at least one sponsor who is a faithful Christian. This is because in the case of infants or younger children, at least one sponsor, called a godparent, will make the baptismal vows on behalf of the child, and therefore must be a Christian.
 
Baptismal Preparation Classes
In order to spiritually prepare to receive the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, we ask that our baptismal families (along with any Godparents who are available) attend our baptismal preparation class. This one-hour class allows our families to reflect upon the grace conferred at Baptism. Childcare is provided upon request. Baptismal Preparation Classes take place take place on the Thursday ten days prior to celebrating the rite. The class will be offered on the following days at 4:00 pm:
 
 
Transfiguration Sunday
Class = July 27
Date of Service = August 3
 
All Saints’ Sunday
Class = October 26
Date of Service = November 5
 
Baptism of Our Lord (2018)
Class = January 4
Date of Service = January 14
 
Great Vigil of Easter
Class = March 22
Date of Service = March 31
 
Pentecost
Class = May 10
Date of Service = May 20
 
 

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