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.