In preparation for the dedication ceremony of your child(ren) we invite you to prayerfully consider and discuss these questions:
- Do you receive this child with gratitude, as God’s gift to you and your family?
- Do you commit to be parent(s) of personal faith, recognizing your child are more likely to follow God’s path by the model they first observe in you?
- Do you commit to lead a faith-filled home that honors God in all your relationships and in the choices you make in spiritually growing your family?
- Do you commit to be parent(s) with patience, recognizing that with your inherent strengths and weaknesses, your desire to shape your child is a loving act that will require time, prayer, and God in order to produce in your children what He and you hope for?
Frequently Asked Question
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A CHILD DEDICATION CEREMONY?
During the dedication service, parent(s) express vows before God, their family, and the church, declaring their desire to raise their child in a God-honoring way. Because parent(s) are the key influencers and role models for their child, they play the primary role in the dedication.
After you register to participate, you will receive an email and a phone call with information regarding what to expect, including instructions for the service order and times.
AT WHAT AGE CAN A CHILD TAKE PART IN A DEDICATION CEREMONY?
We do not have a set age requirement for child dedication. We recognize that parent(s) dedicate their children at different ages for various reasons.
We encourage all parents to dedicate their children as soon as they have prayerfully considered and committed to the significance of child dedication no matter the age of their child.
CAN A SINGLE PARENT, GRANDPARENT, OR ADOPTIVE PARENT PARTICIPATE IN A DEDICATION CEREMONY?
Yes! Child dedication signifies the commitment of parent(s), no matter who they are or how they came into the responsibility, to do their best to raise their child to become a follower of Jesus. In the Bible, Jesus held, prayed for, and commanded us to welcome children. As a church we are committed to supporting all parents in providing a Christian foundation to their child(ren).
DOES CAPITAL BAPTIZE INFANTS?
Rather than baptizing infants or children, we encourage Christian parents to dedicate their children.
We believe scripture provides evidence that water baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48). An individual’s personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation happens once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means.
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