Questions about Child Dedication?
1) WHAT IS child dedication all about?
The scriptural root of a child dedication is found in 1 Samuel 1:27–28 (NASB), where a godly woman named Hannah prayed year after year for God to give her a child. He answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words:
“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.”
In Luke chapter 2 of the New Testament, following the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the temple and dedicated Him. In both Scripture passages, the parents entrusted their child completely to God.
The writings of Moses found in Deuteronomy 6:5–9 describe God’s plan for how a parent should raise up a child:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
One key step in marking your desire to nurture your child in the ways of God is to dedicate him or her to God publicly, through a child dedication ceremony.
2) DO I NEED TO BE A MEMBER of renew life church TO HAVE MY CHILD DEDICATED?
You do not need to be a member to have your child dedicated in our service. In dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you are willing to partner with God and the church family to raise your child in cooperation with God’s intentions for their lives!
3) WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A CHILD DEDICATION?
During the dedication, parents agree before God, their family, and the church, affirming their desire to raise their child in a God-honoring way. Because parents are the key role models for their children, they play a primary role in the dedication. Parents will be asked to indicate their interest in having their child dedicated by either calling the church or filling out the form below.
- Families of those children being dedicated will be provided with light refreshments the morning of the dedication (before the service starts)
- A photographer will be on-site to take pictures of this special occasion for you and your family!
- Parents will meet our Pastor and/or Children's Pastor on the stage to have their child introduced to the congregation, and then the congregation will be lead in prayer over you and your child.
4) WHAT AM I COMMITTING TO WHEN I DEDICATE MY CHILD TO THE LORD?
- You are committing to receiving your child with gratitude, as God’s gift to you and your family!
- If you are married, we encourage you to commit to each other as parents, creating a stable environment in which your child can mature in his or her relationship with Jesus!
- Also if you’re married, we strongly encourage you to make a decision to strengthen your marriage relationship faithfully (reading books together, going to church together, even going to marriage conferences).
- Commit to be parents of personal faith, recognizing that your children are more likely to follow God’s path by the model they first observe in you!
5) AT WHAT AGE CAN A CHILD TAKE PART IN A CHILD DEDICATION SERVICE?
We don’t have a set age requirement for child dedication. We believe it is never too late to gather your family and focus your faith together for growth. If you are new to serving the Lord, now is a perfect opportunity to dedicate your child to the Lord.
6) CAN SINGLE PARENTS or LEGAL guardians PARTICIPATE IN A CHILD DEDICATION SERVICE?
Absolutely! Child dedication signifies the commitment of parents (including single parents or legal guardians) to do their best to raise their child to be a follower of Christ. Additionally, we highly encourage single parents and legal guardians to dedicate their child as they commit themselves to raise him or her without the presence or partnership of a spouse or biological parents. As a church family, we are committed to supporting single parents and legal guardians in providing a Christian foundation for their child’s upbringing.