Child Dedication Sunday

Child Dedication Sunday

FAQ’s about Child Dedication

What is Child Dedication?

Child dedication is the act of consecrating our Children to God. Child dedication includes a  mutual commitment between God, parents and the congregation to offer wisdom, encouragement and support. It’s a declaration that God has given us the gift of life, and God makes a claim on all of our lives starting in infancy.

What’s the big deal about child dedication?

Child dedication is a spiritually significant milestone for your whole family. When you dedicate your child, you’re choosing to commit to making parenting decisions that honor God. It’s about finding ways to continue to engage in an environment where your kids can learn and know more about their Savior. It’s about raising them to find trusted relationships, worship corporately, serve their church body, and show examples of being invested in relationships through things like small groups.

What does Child Dedication look like at Manheim BIC Church?

The way it is done varies between churches. Here at MBIC, we invite families onstage during the service. The kids ministry director and a pastor present the child and family to the congregation. The pastor asks parents to orally commit to raising their child in the Christian faith, and then invites the congregation to read a statement of agreement and support. This public commitment is followed by a prayer of blessing over the child. The purpose of the presentation is to express the recognition of parents and the church of the God-given blessing of children and the responsibility parents have in raising them to know, love and follow Christ.

What does the Bible say about Child Dedication?

The Scriptural root of Child Dedication is found in 1 Samuel 27-28, where a godly woman named Hannah prayed for years to have a child. God answered her prayers and she gave birth to a son and named him Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah said and prayed these words, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1: 27-28) 

In Luke chapter two, following the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph took the infant to the temple and dedicated him. In both passages the parents entrusted their child completely to God. The writings of Moses found in Deuteronomy 6:5-9 describe how parents should raise up their children. “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 on 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 doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Child dedication is a key step in publicly marking your desire to nurture your child in the ways of God, just like Hannah, and Mary and Joseph did.

Do my kids need to be dedicated for them to be a Christian?

Child dedication is a great step but it’s not the same thing as salvation. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their sinfulness and receives forgiveness and eternal life through Christ and His redeeming work on the cross. Salvation happens when your child decides to start a relationship with God, and baptism is when they decide to go public with their faith. Child dedication is less about your child’s choice now and more about your choice to set them up to make good choices later in life. When you dedicate your child, you’re committing to raise them in an environment where they hear about Jesus and have an opportunity to accept Him. Child dedication is a wonderful step, but it’s not mandatory.

When can I dedicate my child?

That’s your decision. You can dedicate your child whether they’re three days old or 13 years old. The age doesn’t matter as much as the principle. Child dedication is an important step in your family’s faith life because it’s setting a foundation that your family will be known for following Christ.

Do I need to be a member of Manheim BIC to dedicate my child?

No, you do not need to be a member at MBIC to participate in child dedication. We invite anyone that is regularly attending our church to participate.