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.