upcoming dedication service: Sunday, June 25, 2017
You and your child must be registered by June 18th to participate in the dedication service.
Here you'll find detailed information about the dedication service, like what the commitment includes and how to register.
RESPONSIBILITIES INVOLVED IN BABY DEDICATION
Christian parents who dedicate a child are making a promise to the Lord to do everything within their power to raise the child in a Godly way, prayerfully until he/she can make a decision on their own to follow God. Parents who make this vow of commitment are instructed to raise the child in the ways of God, and not according to their own ways. Some of the responsibilities include teaching and training the child in God’s Word, demonstrating an example of godliness, disciplining according to God’s ways, and praying earnestly for the child.
AN EXAMPLE OF BABY DEDICATION IN SCRIPTURE
This example is taken from the story of Hannah in the Bible. Hannah was barren, but she fervently prayed every day asking the Lord to give her a son. She promised the Lord that if He did bless her with a son, she would "give him back to the Lord" and diligently raise him to love and serve God.
And she (Hannah) made a vow, saying, “O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon 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(NIV)
God did just that--He blessed her with a son she named Samuel. Hannah gave him back to the Lord, teaching him to serve God all the days of his life.
“As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. 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.’ And he worshiped the LORD there."
1 Samuel 1: 26-28 (NIV)
WHAT DO I COMMIT WHEN I DEDICATE MY CHILD?
Baby dedication is a promise to the Lord – a commitment to obey God and to teach your child to follow Him. By making your commitment in the presence of other believers, you are making them aware of your promise, encouraging them to pray for you and keep you accountable.
“Love the Lord you 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.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7
This passage helps us in two ways. First, it commands parents to love God; if we truly wish for our children to one day love and follow God, our lives must be an example. Second, Deuteronomy makes clear that the duty of teaching our children belongs to PARENTS. Wilmer Kids can provide weekly instruction, but as parents we have the first responsibility of pointing our children's hearts towards Jesus. It's not the job of the church, the Christian school, or anyone else. We must seize the teachable moments that arise throughout life and create practical ways to add Godly things into our daily family routines.
WHAT DEDICATING YOUR CHILD DOES NOT MEAN:
It is not salvation. Baby dedication is not a means by which a child can go to heaven. Salvation is an individual matter. When the child is old enough to understand that they are sinners, realize they cannot make themselves perfect enough for heaven and need Jesus to forgive their sins, then they accept salvation as a gift from God, not as something they earn by going to church, being born into a "Christian" family, being good, etc. Parents can, however, lay a foundation by their teaching and example that helps their child to be ready to make that decision when the time comes.
Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
It is not a means by which a child becomes part of the church. The "universal church" is simply all Christians (those who have believed in Jesus to forgive their sins) all over the world. The "local church" is the specific group of Christians that you worship Jesus with. Being part of a local church does not mean you go to Heaven, nor does it grant you any special rights.
It is not baptism. Baptism is simply a public profession of the fact that you know you are a sinner, cannot be perfect enough for Heaven, and therefore need Jesus to forgive your sins so you can spend eternity with Him. Baptism is an individual choice a person makes after they have understood and accepted salvation. This happens at any time in a Christian's life, but it is usually right after a person has asked Jesus to forgive all their sins and has decided to follow Him.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR BABY DEDICATION?
If you are ready to make this vow of commitment to the Lord to do everything within your power to raise your child in a Godly way, prayerfully until he/she can make a decision on their own to follow God, please register your child by e-mailing Kasey McKinion at .
Your child MUST be registered by June 18th to participate in the service on June 25th.
Please include the following information in your email to Kasey ( ):
- Child’s name
- Attach at least 5 photos of the child being dedicated. Include photos from birth - most recent. DOES NOT HAVE TO BE AN INDIVIDUAL SHOT OR PROFESSIONAL PHOTO. You can include siblings and parents in photos.
- Mother’s name, Father’s name
- Sibling’s name(s)
- Scripture (life verse) of your choice, or a brief explanation of the blessings this child has brought to your family.
- Phone number (home # & cell #)
- Home Address
I will send you a registration confirmation once I receive your e-mail. If you do not receive a conformation from me, then I did not get your e-mail.
- Invite family and friends to the dedication service.
- I will have reserved seating in the front of the sanctuary for the families that are participating in Baby Dedication.
- Baby dedication will take place at the end of the service.
- Our Pastor will read 5 commitment statements that if you agree to, you answer, "We will."
These are the 5 commitment statements:
- Do you desire to dedicate your child to the Lord and publicly commit to parenting them in a way that honors God?
The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.
- Do you promise to raise your child in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” through instruction and discipline that is defined by God’s Word?
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
- Do you promise to lead your child to an understanding of salvation and his/her need for Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior?
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
- Do you promise to work diligently and consistently to instill in your child an understanding of God and His Word?
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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.
- Do you promise to conduct your home in a way that models Christian love and heart-felt commitment to Christ and his instruction?
As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
I will e-mail you a detailed outline of the service a few days before the dedication service takes place. If you have any questions please feel free to call/text me.
Kasey McKinion (251-599-3365)