Dedicating your Baby: Q & A

What is baby dedication?

The word “dedication” means “to consecrate” or the act of setting apart people or things to serve God. In the Old Testament, we see how Hannah prayed for a child and promised God that the child, Samuel, would be given to the Lord all the days of his life (1 Samuel 1:11, 28). In the New Testament, we see how Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple to “present” Him to the Lord (Luke 2:22).

What kind of commitment am I making?

As parents, you begin by publicly acknowledging your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As you present your child to God in the presence of the pastor and congregation, you are recognizing that he or she belongs to God and has been born to experience His love and to serve Him.
 
You are committing, as Christian parents, to teach the truths of God’s Word in your home and participate in regular worship with your children. You are also committing to be a Christ-like example and seek to lead your children to a personal faith in Christ as soon as they are ready.

What happens at the baby dedication?

Baby dedications generally occur following the worship portion of the service and before the pastor’s message. We ask that you arrive shortly before the service starts and find a seat in the front right section closest to the platform and steps. An usher can assist you in finding a suitable location. When the pastor announces your names, an usher will escort you onto the platform.
 
The pastor will ask if you are making the commitment as outlined in this brochure. At that time you are to respond accordingly. The pastor will take the child and pray over your child, asking God for His protection and guidance as well as to lead the child to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The pastor will then pray over you as parents. After you are escorted off the platform, you may take your child to the nursery and return to the service.

Are there any requirements?

Only those parents who are both Christians and married (a man and a woman) may present their children to the Lord as a couple. Parents must have completed the Living Stones class or be actively involved in the life of the church through regular attendance.
 
Because of the nature of the commitment being made at a baby dedication, a non-believing spouse would be unable to participate. If your spouse is not a believer or does not regularly attend church but would like to be present at the dedication, arrangements can be made to dedicate your child together following a weekend service.
 
 

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