Child dedication is a public commitment parents make before God, their church, and their families. Parents outwardly declare their desire to lead and spiritually nurture their child, in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, so their child will develop a desire to love God and love others.
TEACHINGS OF SCRIPTURE
“Now when she (Hannah) had weaned him, she took him up with her, with a three-year-old bull and one ephah of flour and a jug of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord in Shiloh, although the child was young. hen they slaughtered the bull, and brought the boy to Eli. And she said, “Oh my Lord! As your soul lives, my Lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the Lord. For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.”
1 Samuel 1:24-28
“And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they (Joseph and Mary) brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord.”
“And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
IS YOUR FAMILY READY FOR CHILD DEDICATION?
Dedication is not the transferal of salvation upon a child, but rather, it is a public expression of faith and commitment on the part of the parents, and of blessing on the part of God through His Church. This act by the parents is a prayerful declaration of their stewardship over God’s gracious gift to them.
It is also their pledge to do all they can, as God gives them wisdom, to raise their child to honor Him and to love and serve Jesus Christ.
The dedication celebration is more than a ritual. It is a commitment on the part of the parents to honor the will and the Word of God.
As a part of this dedication, you are asked to:
Publicly affirm your personal faith in Christ and renew your dedication to Him and His Word.
Recognize that your children belong to God and have been born to experience His love and to serve Him.
Pray regularly for God’s direction in your lives and in the lives of your children.
Faithfully participate in church activities with your children.
Teach your children the truths of God’s Word in your home.
Anticipate and seek to gently lead your children to a personal faith in Christ as soon as they are ready.
If you would like to dedicate your child (or children) to God, please complete the form below to request the Child Dedication Questionnaire.