Baby Dedication

Baby Dedication Celebrations are a special time where parents dedicate their child to God with the support of family and close friends.

 

This is a public acknowledgment that God has given His children to us on loan and that we as parents commit to raising them in a home that leads kids to a sincere faith in Jesus.

This celebration is purposefully during our Sunday Worship Experience to help families focus on the commitment they are making to raise their children to know and follow God.  This will allow our church body as a whole to see the commitment, we are making to doing everything we can to partner with parents on this endeavor. This is a very memorable moment that we get to celebrate with families.

 

Why we dedicate at MEDIC Church

Churches all over the world practice something called “Baby Dedication” or “Infant Dedication” as a statement of faith.

A Baby Dedication is a ceremony where parents make a commitment before God and the congregation to raise their child according to the teachings of Jesus.

This is a “Ceremony” matters, it is not magical, but is spiritual.  The things that we believe and commit to have the power to change the course of our lives. That’s why Baby Dedication is important to us as a congregation.  We truly view it as something that you are not just committing to as Parents, but our entire church is committing to coming along side of you and your child.

An example from the Bible

“And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”– 1 Samuel 1:11

When God answered Hannah’s prayer by giving her a son and she remembered her vow:

“and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27 I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 28 So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.”– 1 Samuel 1:26-28

What Next?

 

PARENTS

To prepare for the baby dedication, parents are required to attend a Parent Orientation and complete homework (yikes!).  Yes!!! We said homework, but NO worries, this is homework you will want to do.  Along with homework we need you to submit a photo of your children which will be shown during the worship experience.  Please email those to pastormichael@medicchurch.com

Download the Baby Dedication Homework here:

 

GUESTS
We recognize that having a supportive network of family and friends is important when raising up a child to love God. We hope you will widen the circle around your child by inviting those who are important in your life to attend this event.

HOMEWORK?
Yes, there really is homework! Click the link above called “Baby Dedication Homework” please print, fill out the information, bring those back during the parent orientation.

 

If you haven’t already, register for our next baby dedication celebration below:

 

F.A.Q.

1) What is a Baby Dedication?
A Baby Dedication is a ceremony in which believing parents will make a commitment before the Lord to submit a child to God’s will and to raise that child according to God’s Word and ways.

2) Why we Dedicate
The word “dedicate” means to set aside or commit to a sacred purpose.  Each child will one day have to make his or her own personal decision about whether or not to commit himself or herself to God.  However, as parents we can guide, teach, pray for, and lead our children on the right path, but we cannot choose that Godly path for our child.

We see two primary purposes for dedication:

– For parents, joined by their church community, to celebrate the birth or adoption of a child, joyfully thanking God for this new addition to the family and to the church community.

– For parents to commit themselves publicly to raise their child in the nurture and love of the Lord, and for the church to pray for them in their awesome responsibility as parents.

3) Is my Child too old?
Primarily, child dedication is done up until the child can understand what baptism means and is for. For many kids, that is around 6-8. However, the significance of standing with your church family to dedicate yourself as a parent to raising your children the way God desires is one that we DO NOT want to deny anyone. We would love to have a celebration with you dedicating your family, even if your kids are 9 or 16, if that is what you desire.

If you have any additional question(s) please feel free to contact us via email at pastormichael@medicchurch.com

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