What Is Child or Baby Dedication?
It involves making a promise to the Lord before your family, friends and the church congregation to do everything within your power to raise the child in a godly way. A commitment before the Lord to submit your child to God’s will and to raise him or her according to God’s Word and ways.
An opportunity for parents of young children to thank God for the gift of a child. A chance to publicly declare your intention to raise your child in a Christian home.
‘Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.’ Luke 2:22
Raising a Child
A family commitment to guide your children into a growing relationship with Christ.
“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 heart. 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 6:4-7
Not infant baptism
Baby Dedication does not include baptism. We believe that baptism is meant to take place publicly when a person is old enough to make the personal decision to follow Christ.
As parents, we cannot decide our child’s salvation for them. Each person must make their own decision. We can, however, lay a foundation of teaching and example that helps the child be ready to make that decision when the time comes.