Child Dedication

Jesus affirmed children as vital members of God’s community. In the Hebrew community of the Old Testament, the practice was to dedicate children to God as an expression of the parents’ gratefulness before God for the child and asking for His blessing on the child’s life (Luke 2:22). In the history of the Christian church, some faith communities baptize children as an expression of their household being followers of Jesus. We believe baptism, the outward sign that a person has made a commitment to follow Jesus, is for people who come to that decision based on their own personal faith rather than as an expression of the faith of their parents. Therefore, we affirm child dedication as an excellent way to gather the community around a child and for the parents to celebrate the gift of the child and ask for God’s best for him or her. If you are interested in having your child dedicated, please contact us.