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Imagine the End
Make your list of 3-5 things that you want your child to be like.
Widen the Circle
Decide who you would like to invite to the Baby Dedication Celebration!
Frequently Asked Questions
A Child Dedication is a special time for parents to:
- Acknowledge that the precious gift of their child is from God
- Publicly commit themselves to maintain a Christian home and dedicate themselves to the rearing of the child in a Godly home
- Pledge that they will nurture their child toward a relationship with Jesus Christ.
A Child Dedication is a special time for the church to:
- Commit to join with parents in prayer and support of the child by providing Biblical education and a healthy church family environment.
The dedication of children is taught in the Bible.
- The Israelites brought their eight-day-old children to the priest for blessing.
- Hannah brought her long-awaited son Samuel to the priest Eli to dedicate him in service to the Lord in 1 Samuel 1:24-28.
- Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple for His dedication.
- Jesus blessed children who were brought to Him in Mark 10:16.
Fill out this form to sign up for both the Child Dedication and the Mandatory Parenting Class.
There is no age limit or requirement for participation in the child dedication though many parents choose to participate when their children are very young. Families with older children are welcome to participate.
Invite your family, friends, neighbors and small group members! There is no limit on the number of guests you may invite!
We do not use the term “God Parents” at our child dedication, however we certainly support your choice of significant individuals to offer support and encouragement and to hold you accountable to the commitment you will be making.
Child dedication is different from infant baptism or christening. At The Bridge we believe the Bible teaches that baptism should take place after a person has made a personal choice to follow Jesus Christ and that baptism is meant for a person who makes the decision themselves and is old enough to say publicly their decision and understand God’s plan for salvation.
A child dedication service is different than baptism because a child dedication service is a parent’s commitment to offer their child to the Lord and to promise to raise them in a way that would honor God. As parents, we cannot decide our child’s salvation for them. Each person must make their own decision about their relationship with Jesus Christ.
When a child becomes old enough to understand the concept of sin and their responsibility for that sin before God, they are then ready to make a decision about salvation. Baptism is declaring publicly that a person has decided to follow God already in his/her heart and wants to share that decision with the church family.