Child dedication is a tradition practiced by Christian churches. It serves as a challenge to parents / guardians to raise their child in the fear and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4.) The dedication ceremony includes the parents commitment, request for God's blessing on the child and invitation to the church family to provide spiritual community for the development of the child.
While the New Testament of the Holy Bible gives us no specific practice or commands for Child Dedication; the idea of Child Dedication is certainly found in the Old and New Testament (1 Samuel 1:11 and Luke 2:22).
Baby or child dedication is a way to commit one's child to God. Parents express their understanding that their children belong to the Lord and that they have been entrusted to raise them well. They express their intent to raise their child up in the Lord, with the hope that he or she will come to faith in Jesus. Baby dedication is also a way for the congregation to join in prayer for the parents and child as well as commit to being a supportive community of faith.
We believe that what happens at home is more important than what happens at church. It is our hope to be your biggest fan, strongest supporter and a trusted guide as you raise your child to know what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Child Dedication is the practice of Christian parents presenting their child to God, a covenant commitment between parents and God, to bring a child up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
By dedicating your child to the Lord, you are…
· Publicly affirming that you (parent/guardian) have a personal relationship with Jesus.
· Recognize that your child is a gift from God.
· Committing yourself to pray daily for the physical, mental, social and spiritual welfare of your child.
· Honoring the Lord’s day by bringing your family to Sunday Morning Encounter.
· Modeling for your child your love for God and His Word in your home,
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7
· Anticipating the day that your child accepts Christ as their personal Lord and Savior as you lead them daily by your words and actions.
Please complete the questionnaire (linked below) and return it the church office.
We are excited to share this day with you and your family!
-Pastor's Josh and Kaye