What is child dedication?
Dedicating your child is an exciting milestone. Child dedication is an outward expression of your desire to follow God and raise your child to love Jesus. By choosing to have your child dedicated, you are making a public declaration that your child belongs to God and you are committed to teaching biblical values to your family. You are also inviting your church family to be a part of your child’s faith journey and spiritual development. Child dedication makes no claim of salvation for the child but, instead, represents the parent’s commitment to provide a Christ-centered foundation.
What can we expect from the church?
As your church family, we also commit to providing biblical instruction and loving care to nourish children in the ways of the Lord. We pray that each child, from an early age, will develop a personal faith in Jesus as their Savior and commit to following Him throughout his or her life.
What does the Bible say about child dedication?
The tradition of child dedication has ancient origins in the Bible. The Israelites, on the 8th day of a child’s life, brought their children to the priest for a blessing. Hannah brought Samuel to Eli, the priest, to dedicate him to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:21-28). Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple for his dedication (Luke 2:21-40).
On the day of dedication, you and your child will be invited up on stage and your intentions will be presented to the congregation. During this informal ceremony, you will also receive a personalized certificate for your child and a small gift. We normally have our child dedication ceremony in May each year.
To learn more or add your name to the list for our next event, please email Kara.