Child dedications are carried out in the spring and fall or per request of the parent.
What is a Child Dedication
A child dedication is not a church sacrament; it is believing parents declaring before Jesus and His church th desire to raise your child in a way that honors God and blesses him or her.
Child Dedication in Scripture
Child dedications go back 1000s of years. In the Old Testament, a wife named Hannah could not conceive. She prayed for a child and made a vow to God, “O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me… and will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life…” (1 Samuel 1:11)
Our Lord answered Hannah’s prayer.
When her son, Samuel, was born to her, Hannah took him to the priest, Eli. She told him, “For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him. 28 Therefore I have dedicated him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is dedicated to the LORD.” (1 Samuel 1:27-28)
This became a tradition for centuries before Jesus was born.
Jesus too was dedicated by Joseph and Mary. We read that soon after Jesus’ birth, Joseph and Mary even “brought Jesus to Jerusalem—to the temple—to present Him to the Lord.” (Luke 2:22)
Is There an Age Limit?
We recommend dedicating a child before the age of six.
Can a Single Parent Dedicate a Child?
Of course!! A child dedication signifies your heart desire to raise your child according to God's Word no matter the situation.
What should I expect?
On the day of the dedication, parents will be called up with their child, to be prayed for and dedicated in a fun yet meaningful ceremony. If you wish to prepare something to read to your child you may but it is not expected.