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.
The dedication of infants and children is an opportunity for parents and family to offer their children to the Lord and dedicate themselves to the rearing of their children for the glory of God. Though parents may dedicate children of any age, this is generally done in infancy.
As a baby, Jesus was dedicated by His parents (Luke 2:22-25). Jesus also bestowed “blessings to the children” (Mark 10:16). And Jesus, being fully human, grew in “wisdom and stature, in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52).
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.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DEDICATION AND BAPTISM?
This is a question many parents have regarding their infants and young children. Since families at Five Stones come from various religious and cultural backgrounds, this explanation has been prepared to assist you:
Who can be baptized? All believers are encouraged to be baptized (Acts 2:41, 8:12,13). A personal confession of faith in Christ secures salvation. The only requirement for Baptism is belief in Jesus Christ. We do not baptize children until they are old enough to understand and verbalize their faith.
What is Baptism? It is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3, Colossians 2:12). It is a symbol of your new life as a Christian (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:4), and a declaration that you are a follower of Christ.
Baptism does not make you a Christian. It communicates publicly your personal confession of Christ as your Savior and your decision to serve and follow Him. Baptism does not save you. Only your faith in Christ saves you. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith. It is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:9). Learn more on our Baptism page.
The dedication of infants and children is an opportunity for parents and family to offer their children to the Lord and dedicate themselves to the rearing of their children for the glory of God.
If you would like to be included in our next Child Dedication please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
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