The joy of Jesus’ birth was shared with the people of God in the temple of God. Like most Jewish parents in that day, Joseph & Mary brought Jesus to the temple on the eight day to be presented & dedicated to God. Long before this time godly parents presented their children to God. And to this day, parents desire to bring their children to God, asking for his blessing and seeking his guidance in the challenging role of parenting.
Some churches baptize infants by sprinkling them with water. In those churches baptism is seen as a covenant, similar to the Old Testament covenant of circumcision, that imparts a special grace to the children that will later be confirmed by faith. It is our belief that Baptism is for believers who consciously puts their faith in Christ, so we choose a ceremony of Dedication for children that includes a commitment of parents to raise their child in the fear & admonition of the Lord & a time of prayer to God asking for his favor & protection upon the child’s life.
As parents presenting our children to the Lord, we signify our own personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, demonstrate a desire to see God’s will carried out in the life of the child, and acknowledge that as parents we are stewards of what really belongs to God.
We celebrate Parent-Child Dedication on Mother’s Day and the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
If you’d like to be a part of the next Parent-Child Dedication fill out this contact form.