What is Child Dedication?
Child dedication is the time when parents give back to God the gift he has given them in their child/children. It is an act of worship, thanksgiving, dependence, trust, and commitment. The practice of child dedication has been modeled throughout the Bible.
The Israelites brought their 8-day-old children to the priest for blessing. Hannah (I Samuel 1:24-28) brought her long-awaited son Samuel to the priest Eli to dedicate him to the Lord. Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple for his dedication.
We recognize that salvation only comes to a child through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is not passed on to a child through dedication. Parents, in child dedication, commit to raise their children by modeling Godly principles with the desire that, one day, their children will receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
Is dedication the same as infant baptism or christening?
Dedication is different from infant baptism or christening. While these rites are significant for a variety of faiths, it is the practice of Emmanuel Baptist to dedicate children.
We believe all infants are destined for heaven should they die before they are old enough to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We also believe the Bible teaches that baptism should take place after a person has made a personal choice to follow Jesus Christ.
When & Where is Child Dedication?
Dedications are scheduled periodically throughout the year during the Sunday morning worship service.
As a single parent, can I dedicate my child?
Do I have to be a member of Emmanuel Baptist to participate in a Child Dedication?
No, participants do not need to be members. We only ask that you regularly attend Emmanuel with a desire to raise/bring your child up in a Godly, Christ centered home.