It is an exciting experience when a new child enters a family! In this moment, it is easy to sense that children are a good gift from God. In this joyful season, we encourage parents to recognize each child as a gift from God and then dedicate themselves to teaching their child about God.
What is child dedication?
A child dedication ceremony encourages parents to recognize that children belong first to God. God, in His goodness and love, creates and then gives each child to his or her parents. Parents are then given the responsibility to care for and enjoy this gift. Since children first belong to God, it is fitting that we acknowledge this. This ceremony also allows parents to commit to raising their child in a manner which pleases God, with the hope that the child will know Jesus, love him, and serve him throughout his or her life. A child dedication is both a dedication of a child and a dedication of their parents.
What can I do as a parent to ensure my child knows about God?
As parents, this can sound intimidating. Instead of making it your goal to have godly kids, we encourage you to make it your goal that your child would have godly parents. When a child observes his or her parent learning about God and working to obey God, an amazing example is set. During this dedication, we encourage parents to devote themselves to setting an example of an authentic relationship with God that a child could emulate down the road. In Deuteronomy 6:4-7, the advice is given to talk to a child about God all throughout the day—as you are sitting in your house, walking down the street, and wherever you go!
Is child dedication found in the Bible?
There is no command in scripture to participate in this type of ceremony. However, there is a tradition throughout the story of the Bible where God invites His people to bring children before Him—to dedicate the child to Him and commit as parents to raising the child according to God’s instruction. In 1 Samuel 1, Hannah presented her son, Samuel, to the Lord. In Luke 2, Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple to present him before the Lord. In the same way, parents are invited to present themselves and their child to God.
What is my role as a parent in this child dedication?
During the dedication, we ask that you or your spouse read a letter of dedication. This letter should express your intention to raise your child to know who God is and what He desires of His creation. The form of the letter can be a prayer (God, we ask that as we raise our child, you would give us wisdom…), it can be an actual note to the child ([Your child’s name], We promise to love you and support you…), or it could be a combination of the two. After you read this letter, you will be invited to dedicate yourself to live as a fully devoted disciple of Jesus so your child can follow you as you follow Christ. Then, the church community is invited to support your child and family in this endeavor.
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