What is a Parent Child Dedication?
You are holding a baby! What joy, excitement, anticipation! What responsibility, challenge, cost! So many thoughts and feelings surface as you stand at the trailhead of the path marked parenting. Yet, for all the adventures you have ahead, there is also an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the gift you hold in your arms. You want to give your best and be your best for this baby. You want to do it right, and for all these reasons and many more, you are considering taking part in a baby dedication service.
A baby dedication is made of several important ingredients. First is the recognition that the child you hold is not yours, but Gods. God is the author of life. Your baby is not an accident, mistake, or even the outcome of your choice. The baby you hold today is a miracle of Gods creative power. This life, with all of its uniqueness and potential, is a gift God has given you.No person has your childs exact personality, gifts, or fingerprints. What a marvelous thought! No wonder the Psalmist declared,
"For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mothers womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well."
- Psalm 139:13-14
An Opportunity to Celebrate
A baby dedication is also a celebration of the gift you have received from God. The church is the best place to celebrate the arrival of babies because it is a gathering place for worship. We want to join you in gratitude and joy as we celebrate Gods gift placed in your arms. We want to embrace you and the challenge that lies ahead, praying for you and encouraging you as you look forward to all God will do through the life of your child. We want to partner with you for successful parenting.
A Commitment to Gods Plan
A baby dedication is not just about the baby, it is about the entire family. Standing in a church and celebrating the gift of your child is the first step, but following Christ and seeing His wisdom in the rearing of your child is the journey. A baby dedication is, in reality, a parent/child dedication.A dedication service is as much for the parent as for the child.
Following the statement of Hannahs grateful expression of praise to God, the Bible says Hannah and Elkanah worshiped the Lord in the temple. They gave public witness to their commitment to honor Gods plan for their child and serve as partners in the task of honoring God in their home.
A Time for Your Church to Support You
God has not left you without instructions for parenting, and He has not left you to do this task alone. When our church comes together for a baby dedication, we are not simply celebrating the gift of a child and the commitment of a parent. We are embracing our responsibility to support families by teaching Gods Word, serving on another in love, training up disciples of Jesus and pointing others to Christ. We understand the importance of maintaining an atmosphere that inspires faith, challenges growth, and provides opportunities for service.
Frequently Asked Questions:
The practice of infant baptism is simply not found in the Bible. It comes out of history and church tradition. Baptism is one of the two ordinances (baptism and the Lords supper) given to the church by the Lord Jesus Christ. Examples and directives for the proper practice of these ordinances are found throughout Scripture.
Baptism is for believers — those who have put their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism is only seen in the Bible when someone receives Christ and confesses Him as Savior and Lord. Baptism pictures the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, symbolizing life before Christ and a new life in Him. While the intent of infant baptism is to identify a child with the Christian faith, baptism cannot secure salvation. Each child must hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For this reason, we have a service of dedication to Christ for parents and their children, but we do not confuse this dedication with baptism, which follows a profession of faith. If you have questions about baptism, we will be glad to discuss them with you and provide guidance and opportunity to follow Christ according to His Word.
Our primary focus is on children from birth to 18 months. However, we deal with each family on an individual basis. Often children are adopted after this time and we support families who are beginning this exciting chapter of life.
Yes. We want to do all we can to encourage your walk with Christ. Single parenting is double duty in child rearing. As a church family, we desire to be part of your extended family. We hope to provide compassionate support, spiritual growth, and a variety of ministries to enable you to succeed in parenting your child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. If you want to participate in a dedication service and would like the support of your parents or another family member, we would gladly discuss this matter with you prior to the service of dedication and provide guidance on how they can take part in the service with you.
No. While we honor the life of each child and encourage parents married and unmarried to embrace the importance of spiritual commitment for children, a baby dedication service is intended to reflect the teaching of the Scripture on family life.
Understanding the sacred honor of marriage as presented in God’s Word, we believe every public act of worship is to conform to His standards. To fail to recognize and honor the specific teaching of Scripture on matters of family life would violate the integrity of our church and the Savior we serve. For those who are unmarried or living together taking steps to acknowledge and surrender to God’s plan for their individual lives would take precedence over participation in a baby dedication service.
Our goal in ministry is to meet people where they are in life, to lead them to God’s grace and truth, and to help them discover life abundant in Christ and His church.
Yes. This class is a recent development in our ministry to families. If you have participated in a dedication service but have not attended the class, it is necessary for you to attend. Our goal in this class is to strengthen parents and families.
No, but we do want you to invite your families. Unfortunately we are unable to reserve seating at this time. Photos are allowed and encouraged. This is a special time for your family and we hope that your family will be able to share in it.
There is information available on this website, or you can call the church office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and request contact with a specific ministry area: preschool and childrens ministry, students, married adults, single adults, family care ministries, and many more.