Sunday, May 13, 2018
What is Parent/Child Dedication?
God designed the home as the primary place for faith to be nurtured. For us, Parent Dedication is a special time where you make a formal commitment to raise your child in a Christ-centered home. A couple examples in the Bible are I Samuel 1:24 – 2:10 when Hannah dedicated Samuel at the temple and Luke 2 where Mary and Joseph dedicated Jesus.
The Parent’s Commitment
During the Sunday service you will be asked to make a public pledge before the congregation that you will raise your child to know, love and follow Jesus Christ. It is important to remember that this is your commitment to model, teach and reinforce the Christian Faith.
It should not be confused with your child’s personal choice to follow Christ. We believe the Bible clearly teaches that each person must decide for themselves to trust in Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord (Romans 10:9-10). The age a child is ready to make this personal decision will vary depending on the child.
The Church’s Commitment
Parent/Child Dedication is also a time for the church to commit to walk alongside you as you point your child toward Christ. One way that we seek to partner with you is by providing resources throughout your child’s spiritual journey. We call this the Faith Path.
You will receive a gift called My Faith Box to provide ideas each step of the way, from birth to age eighteen. It is also a place for keepsake items from your child’s spiritual journey.
Orientation Dinner - May 9, 6:30pm
Dedication Service - May 13, 9:30am and 11:00am
Please register by Sunday, April 29