The Bible speaks to God's love of children and the role of parents as a spiritual influence in their lives.

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 1:27-28)

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16)

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. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

What is Child Dedication About?

Let us first tell you what the dedication will not do. Dedication is not the means of securing salvation for the child nor is it a time for baptism. Only when the child at a future time is old enough to understand and place their personal faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is their salvation made secure. Baptis is a public statement of a personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ.

Dedication is a commitment by the parents and their church family to care for the child's spiritual, physical and emotional well-being.

Dedication is a time of joyous celebration and commitment. Parents publicly seek the Lord's blessing on their child by declaring that this child belongs to God. Children are the ultimate expression of Godly stewardship.

In this happy, public ceremony, parents commit to following God's will, as stated in His Word, in raising their little one. By doing this, the parent(s) openly honor the Lord in the joyful privilege of leading their child to respect, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

As a part of the dedication service, you as parents are asked to:

  1. Publicly affirm your personal faith in Christ and renew your dedication to Him and His Word.
  2. Renew your commitment to each other as husband and wife.
  3. Pray for God's direction in your lives and in the lives of your children.
  4. Faithfully bring and participate with them in the celebration of the Lord in Sunday worship.
  5. Teach your children, by word and example, the truths of God's Word.
  6. Anticipate and seek to lead your children to personal faith in Christ as soon as they are ready.
  7. Recognize that your children belong to God and have been born to experience His love and serve Him.

For more information about Child Dedication contact: Tammy Devening, Beginnings Early Childhood Director,