What is a Child Dedication
A child dedication is not a baptism or a church sacrament; it is an act of humility. It is a public dedication in which believing parents acknowledge your child is a gift from the Lord, and you declare before Jesus and His church your desire to raise your child according to God's Word.
Responsibilities Involved in a Child Dedication
Parents who make this declaration acknowledge the responsibility to raise your child to know and follow Jesus, to teach their child God's Word, to pray for them, and to raise their children in the community of His church.
As a church, we are responsible to equip you with God’s Word and to teach your child the good news of God’s grace in Jesus Christ and by loving you and your child into the fullness of Christ and Christian maturity.
The Tradition of a Child Dedication in Scripture
A child dedication goes 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. And 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 therefore centuries before Jesus was born. Yet 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)
Child dedications are carried out in spring and fall or per request of the parent
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.