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Child Dedication

Child dedication Nov 8 2015 complete
Contact Kate if you’d like to participate in our next child dedication in Spring 2017.
Read about it below, and see Next Steps at the bottom.

What is child dedication?

A memorial, a marker
A public declaration, vow
A means of blessing the child and setting them apart to the Lord
A means of blessing, encouraging and commissioning parents
An opportunity to call the church community to fulfill its role of creating a safe and loving environment where children will come to know Jesus.
It is not an ordinance—i.e. a ritual commanded by Jesus. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (communion) are the only new covenant ordinances in Scripture.

How do you do it?

After the first set of songs, we bring the parents and the children up front.

Part 1: Help parents and church recognize that children belong first and foremost to God.
Colossians 1:15-17 tells us that everything was created by Jesus and for Jesus. Every child was created by Jesus and for Jesus, so we come alongside these parents this morning as they dedicate, as they set apart their children to the Lord, as they say ‘Lord, this child is yours and we want them to choose to live for you.’

Part 2: Call parents to recognize their responsibility to raise their children in the ways of the Lord.
bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
Train up children in the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
Parents will be asked, “Do you commit to raise these children in the ways of the Lord Jesus, to love them well and to teach them in word and actions what it means to follow God?”

Part 3: Call the church community to recognize their responsibility toward other members.
The Church will be asked, “Will you do your part to make this a holy and loving community where these children will experience God’s love and learn to know and to love Christ?”

Part 4: Bless the child and parents as a community through prayer
We will ask you for a Bible verse that you have selected for your child, and we’ll pray for you and your child.

Next Steps

 Let us know you plan to participate, and contact Kate for details about our next dedication.

Before the dedication, you will be asked to provide the following for slides we’ll show during the dedication:

– A Bible verse you’ve selected for your child (ideas here)

– A photo of your child at least 640 x 480 pixels

– Your child’s name as you want it to appear on the slide

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