Child dedication is celebrated as part of our regular worship services. The Pastor for the service will present your family and children, and then lead the congregation in prayer for your family. Dedications are scheduled on a regular basis throughout the year.
We believe Child Dedication is the first milestone in a child’s spiritual journey, and THAT is worth celebrating! You have been entrusted with the precious gift of new life, and we look forward to partnering with you as you embark in this new adventure. It is our hope that Child D will be a memorable event as you make a commitment as a parent to lead your child into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
The dedication will be three parts:
1) A pre-requisite class, for both parents to attend, which will cover the dedication and set you on a path for intentional parenting. This will also be a great time to connect with other moms and dads in the same phase as you. This class will meet on September 29th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm while your children are in Wonder Zone.
2) A time of filming for your family for the video in the main service. Date TBA
3) A time of dedication and prayer in the main service. You will only need to attend one service of your choosing. This will be a great time to invite those who are close to you to be in attendance and celebrate with you! This will take place on Sunday morning October 27th.
The purpose of child dedication is:
- To give parents of young children an opportunity to recognize God’s gift of children to them. (Psalm 127:3)
- For parents to declare their intent to raise their children in a Christian environment. (Deuteronomy 6:5-7)
- A challenge to parents to spiritually guide and educate their children. (Ephesians 6:4)
- A challenge for parents to lay a foundation of learning about God. (Proverbs 22:6)
- A challenge to family, friends, and the church family as a whole to support this family in prayer and other needs as they raise their children to know, love, and serve Jesus. (Matthew 19:13-15)
This dedication is not a Baptism. It is not a sacrament. It does not impart salvation to the child. A child dedication is viewed as a confirmation between parents and the church family to raise the child in a godly way until the child is old enough to make his or her own decision.
Parents cannot “decide” their children’s salvation for them. When children are old enough to understand the concept of sin and their responsibility for that sin before God, they can be ready to make a decision about salvation. Parents can, however, lay that foundation by their example and teaching, which will help their children prepare to make that decision when the time comes.
If you would like to be included in our next Child Dedication please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
Click here to sign up! for our next Child Dedication Service on Sunday, March 17, 2019!