Why is it important to dedicate my baby/child?
As Christians, we understand that everything comes from God, including our children.
- “[These] are the children God has graciously given your servant.” Genesis 33:5b
- “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3
- “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job 1:21b
When you dedicate your child you are acknowledging publicly that he or she ultimately belongs to God, and that you will do your best to raise your child in a way that is pleasing to God, to seek His help and guidance as a parent, and to do everything in your power to see that your child grows up to love and honor God just as the Lord has challenged us to do.
- "These commandments that I give you today are to be upon 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
- “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
How will my baby be dedicated?
When it is time for the dedication you will bring your child onto the platform to be dedicated by the pastor. Parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and other family members are encouraged to take part in this event. During the dedication the pastor will ask you to confirm your commitment to raise your child in the ways of God, and then he will pray a prayer of dedication over your baby.
What if I am a single parent?
Both parents are not required to be present for the dedication of the child. The important factor is your desire to be a Godly example for your child and to raise him or her to become a follower of Christ.
What if I am not a member of One Family Church?
We encourage everyone who regularly attends One Family Church to Next Steps Dinner and become a member of One Family Church. However, membership is not a requirement for baby dedication.
Can my older child still be dedicated?
Generally, parents bring their children to be dedicated while the child is still an infant. However, there is no age limit for dedication. Children of any age may be dedicated.
You can also encourage your older children to consider BAPTISM >
What do I need to do before the dedication?
Please email a photograph of your child to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your child’s full name and indicate which location and which service you will attending.
We look forward to leading your family in this important moment in your life and in the life of your child. We praise God that you have chosen to take the step of publicly dedicating your child to God.