All Are Welcome!
Thank you for your interest in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Whether you are moving to the Valparaiso area or moving towards a new relationship with God – or both! – and looking for a community of encouragement and acceptance, we welcome you to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Valparaiso IN, and we hope you will consider making St. Andrew’s your spiritual home. One of our favorite worship songs is “All are welcome in this place” Our prayer is that you feel welcome here. If you are interested in learning more about us, we would be honored to join you in this exciting adventure that we call “faith”.
“Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.” (Book of Common Prayer). The basic requirement for membership in any Episcopal Church is baptism, and the Episcopal Church recognizes all Christian baptisms regardless of denomination. If you wish to be baptized, or have a child that you would like to have baptized, at St. Andrew’s, please contact Fr. Roger Bower at 219-477-0629. Click here to learn more.
Confirmation is the laying on of hands by an Episcopal Bishop in a service of worship. Those previously confirmed by a Bishop in the Catholic, Lutheran or Eastern Orthodox Church may be received by an Episcopal Bishop in a worship service. Visit this page for more details. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
As we celebrate virtual worship, we hold a ‘Fellowship Time’ 20 minutes before the service begins on our Zoom link. Please plan to join us and get to know a few of our parishioners as you learn about our church via Zoom. Once we go back to indoor worship, on the third Sunday of the month, we host a “Newcomers’ Coffee” after each of the worship services. This is a brief gathering for you to get basic information about our parish family. You’ll meet our Pastor, and we promise you warm fellowship as we answer any questions that you might have about our church and parish family.
If, after attending our Newcomers’ Coffee, you feel that the Lord is calling you to explore more deeply your relationship with St. Andrew’s, we invite you to attend “Gateway.” Gateway is held quarterly and is an opportunity to discover more about our rich Anglican traditions, as well as our parish’s history, beliefs, and mission before you make a commitment. We encourage you to come with your questions and an eagerness to embrace your calling as a disciple of Jesus. Please contact the church office at 219-462-4946 if you’d like to attend.
Those interested in the journey to explore more about the Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church are invited to participate in our “Discovery Series.” This 8-week class explores the beliefs and core values of our church. It’s never too late to join as each week covers a unique subject matter. After completing this series, those who are interested in becoming “official” members of the Episcopal Church may be confirmed or received by our Bishop, Douglas Sparks, during a moving and powerful ceremony.
Transfer of Membership
Are you currently an Episcopalian with membership in another Episcopal church? If you wish to transfer your membership from that church, please complete the Membership Information Form. Be sure to provide the name and address of the church where your membership is currently held. We will request the transfer, along with baptism and/or confirmation dates, and send you a letter of acknowledgement once the transfer is complete.
All Are Welcome!