Child Dedication:  What is it?

Dedicating children to the Lord was a common practice of blessing among God’s people in both the Old and New Testament periods.  It was a statement of recognition from the parents that their child really belonged to God.  As Christians today, we dedicate children with this same purpose in mind.

A child is a God-given trust.  The Bible says that, “Children are a gift from the Lord…” (Psalm 127a).  Child dedication is a special ceremony that signifies the following:

• A recognition that your child is a gift from God entrusted to you.

• A pledge to uphold that trust, God being your helper.

• A pledge to raise your child in a Christian home and in a church family where he or she can come to know, love, and serve the Lord.

• A renewed pledge to live your life in a way that models Christ-likeness.

• A call to the people of Parliament Community Church to help you in nurture of your child by providing a safe and loving environment that loves, supports, and prays for your family.

• A public blessing of your child.

A Look At The Bible…

A precedent for the ceremony of baby dedication is found throughout the Scriptures.

Hannah and Elkanah presented their son, Samuel, 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.’ And he (Elkanah) worshipped the Lord there.”    I Samuel 1:27-28

Paul reminded Timothy of his spiritual heritage:  “For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother, Lois, and your mother, Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well…from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”     2 Timothy 1:5, 3:15

 Mary and Joseph presented Jesus back to God in an act of worship and dedication, “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 the child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.”    Luke 2:22, 40

As a grown man, our Lord loved the little children:  “And they began bringing children to Him, so that He might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them.  But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them ‘Permit the children to come to me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all.”  And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands upon them.”    Mark 10:13-16

Jesus also said,  “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones.  For I tell you that their angels in Heaven always see the fave of my Father in Heaven  In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any one of these little ones should be lost.”    Matthew 18:10, 14

Child Dedication:  Your Desire

As parents presenting your child to the Lord, you signify your own personal  faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  You show a desire to see God’s will carried out in the life of your child.  And you acknowledge your place as stewards of what really belongs to God - your child.

Dedication means that by word and example, you promise to teach your child to live a holy life and to value the good gifts God has given us.  You promise to give your child every opportunity and encouragement to develop into the well rounded Christian individual God intends him or her to be.

Dedication before God and the church means that you realize that the Church should have a large part in the spiritual growth of your family.  They should know you and your child so they can give prayer support, assist in Bible teaching, and provide opportunities, facilities and workers through which you and your child can enter into the fullness of Christian faith.

If it is your wish to follow the example of godly parents who throughout the ages presented their children to God in dedication; if you understand that your child is a gift from God and that He will hold you accountable for your child’s spiritual growth in Christ; if you promise to pray for and with your child, to instruct your child in the things of God, to teach your child to read God’s Word, and to do everything in your power to bring your child to a knowledge of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord; if you believe it is a great privilege to offer a child back to the Creator, and wish to stand before God and the Church to dedicate your child to God, then the pastors at Parliament Community Church would love to assist you in doing so.

Child Dedication Is Not…

• A Baptism or substitute for baptism

• Only for babies

• Only for parents who are PCC members

• Limited to married couples, single parents are welcome to dedicate their child.

 

Child Dedication:  Next Step

If you decide that you want your child dedicated or if you have questions, please contact one of our pastors.