Child Dedication is both an event and a process that focuses on celebration and commitment. Together we (church and family) celebrate the new child and thank God for His wonderful gift. Together we commit ourselves to God to teach and nurture the child in faith. The commitment is one of the church and one of the parents, but not one of the child. The child will have his or her opportunity as he or she grows older and is able to personalize faith in Jesus. While we look forward to that day, we recognize that there is much instruction, nurture, prayer and love to give and life to be lived before the child is able to make that decision for Jesus.
Why have Child Dedication?
The Bible says in Mark 10:16 that parents brought their children to Jesus to be blessed by Him laying His hands on the child and offering a spoken word of blessing. Even long before this, there is a history of godly parents presenting their children to God, asking for His blessing. Likewise, parents today present their children to God in the presence of His people to ask for God’s blessing as well as to commit themselves, in partnership with the church, to love and nurture their children in Christian faith.
If you are ready to participate in Child Dedication, please complete the form below.