Baby & Child Dedication


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO DEDICATE A CHILD?

Child dedication means that you are entrusting your child to God. At the same time, you also are committing to ask God to help you to raise your child to be a follower of Christ. Through child dedication, you make this public commitment before God and your family and friends and you ask them to be a part of this commitment. The Bible says in Psalm 127 that children are a heritage and blessing from the Lord. God has given Christian parents the tremendous responsibility of raising their children in the ways of the Lord. To dedicate means to “set apart. A dedication service is a public expression that you as Chris- tian parents are willing to do all you can to “set apart your child for God until that child can make his or her own choice regarding a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is also a time to joyfully thank God, in community, for the birth or adoption of your child.

Why Child Dedication?


Whether this is your first child or your fifth, child dedication provides a great way to focus on your faith and how you can intentionally share it with your child in the years to come.

IS CHILD DEDICATION FOUND IN THE BIBLE?

While child dedication is not specifically spelled out in the Bible, we do find two instances where parents present/dedicate their children to God. First, in 1 Samuel 1:27–28, we see a godly woman named Hannah praying year after year for God to give her a child. He answered her prayer with Samuel. Hannah then prayed: “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.” Also, in Luke 2, Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the temple for dedication.


If you choose to take part in this, please register online, and email a digital picture of your child to office@tenmilebaptistchurch.org. We’ll give you a few keepsakes, as well, like a certificate and a small child’s commemorative Bible. Also consider writing a letter to your child to be a part of this keepsake packet. Share your prayer for your child’s life. Include a piece of scripture that especially speaks to your heart about your child.

NOTE: A separate registration must be completed for each child.