If you would like to find out more about baptism and what it means to be part of God’s family, please contact Fr. John Spicer or 816-523-1602, ext. 125. If you’d like to find out more about baptism for your children, please contact Jean Long, minister for children, youth, younger adults, and families, or 816-523-1602, ext. 115.

At St. Andrew’s, baptisms are scheduled throughout the year and are celebrated by our entire parish family, during either the 8 or 10:15 a.m. Sunday service. Private baptisms are not permitted.


Infant Baptism and Church Membership

For infant and child baptism, at least one parent should be an active member of a congregation or be in the process of coming into the life of a congregation. That kind of commitment indicates a willingness to raise a baptized child as a Christian within the Church. Historical and cultural affinity, or having been baptized as an Episcopalian oneself, are not sufficient justifications for baptizing a child at an age when he or she 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 water poured over them. Our font at St. Andrew’s does not lend itself toward immersion, so we opt for pouring. Our Church recognizes all baptisms performed with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


Sponsors and Godparents

Each child, teenager, or adult candidate for baptism must have at least one sponsor who is a faithful Christian. 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

Before receiving the sacrament of baptism, baptismal families (along with any godparents who are available) should plan to attend our baptismal preparation class. This one-hour class allows our families to reflect upon the grace conferred at baptism the promises they will make on their child’s behalf. Childcare is provided on request. Baptismal preparation classes take place on the Thursday 10 days before the baptismal date.


Adult Catechumenate

The Catechumenate is the program through which St. Andrew’s helps adults prepare for baptism, confirmation, or reception into the Episcopal Church. Those who are formally reaffirming their baptismal vows are also invited to attend this journey of faith.

The Catechumenate includes our inquirers’ class, Discovery, and the follow-up Pilgrim course. Discovery takes place before baptism, and Pilgrim typically follows it. Both classes include group discussion, spiritual formation, worship, and fellowship.

For more information on Catechumenate, contact Cheryl Cementina.

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 email to confirm the date and service you requested as well as the date of the Baptism Preparation Class.

Upcoming baptism dates are found below.


Baptisms are celebrated on the following days:

Baptism of our Lord

January, 2021

Prep Class: TBD

Great Vigil of Easter

April 11, 2020, 8 p.m. only

Prep Class: April 2 at 4:30 p.m.


May 31, 2020

Prep Class: May 21 at 4:30 p.m.

Transfiguration Sunday

August 2, 2020

Prep Class: July 23 at 4:30 p.m.

All Saints' Sunday

November 1, 2020

Prep Class: October 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Pastoral issues may warrant special scheduling consideration and are at the discretion of the clergy.

Reopening for In-Person
on July 12

St. Andrew’s will reopen for in-person worship beginning Sunday, July 12. This is joyful news, but living it out will take great caution and a focus on the needs of others.

Please email or call Mary Sanders in the church office (; 816-523-1602, ext. 110) to reserve seating for each week.

Much of the Sunday experience will feel familiar, and we’ll follow our usual Sunday schedule. We’ll also continue offering worship and coffee hour online. However, many aspects of our worship and fellowship life will be different starting July 12.