dedications Held at 46185 Olds Dr, Chilliwack
As the bedrock of society, it is vital that we help develop and support families that raise their children and shape their homes in a Jesus-centered way. Every parent wants to raise kid’s right—but every parent carries the question, “How do I do that?”
Parenting and raising our children with Jesus at the center starts with us as parents being on the right track spiritually. As part of our dedication process, we explain how Southside Church can support you as parents, giving you helpful reading material, introducing what Southside KiDS is all about and how we can help with your child’s growth and development spiritually.
What to expect at the dedication:
Parents will stand with their children in front of their friends and family, where they will publicly declare their commitment to raising their children in a gospel-centered way. Friends and family will be given the opportunity to commit to ensuring a safe, nurturing environment where the Word of God is taught and lived out. Pastor Sarah will then lead you in prayer for you and your children. You will then receive your child’s Dedication Certificate and be seated following a concluding prayer. The dedication will be followed by coffee and refreshments.
Infant/child Dedication Frequently Asked Questions
Where in the Scripture does it say to dedicate your child?
Scripture does not mention anything about dedication of children as a mandate; however, Hannah dedicated her son Samuel to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:27, 28). Jesus was dedicated to the Lord as a baby (Luke 2:22) and baptized as an adult (Matthew 3:13-17).
In Mark 10:11-13 we read: “People were bringing little children to Jesus to have Him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth; anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it’. And He took the children in His arms, put His hand on them and blessed them.” It is primarily from this passage of Scripture that we model our service of dedication and present a child to the Lord.
How old should the child be?
While there is no set age for a child to be presented to the Lord, however it is typically babies and younger children that are dedicated.
What if I am a believer but my spouse is not?
If only one parent is a believer, the dedication of the child can be done if the unbelieving parent has given permission.
What if I am not married but I live with the child’s father/mother?
Dedication does nothing for the child; it is actually a public commitment where the parents dedicate themselves to bring their children up with Jesus at the center of their lives. It is very difficult to make such a declaration when living in opposition to the Word of God. We are very supportive of parents and do encourage them to make their union legal and then proceed with the Baby Dedication.
What is expected of me after I dedicate my child?
Dedication is a pledge to cultivate a Christ-centered atmosphere in the home. One must never underestimate the incredible influence a parent has on the faith of their children. Infant/child dedication expresses the intention and faith of the parents to do everything they can to lead their child to salvation. It is a public pledge to circle the child with a positive environment that will nurture the child’s faith in God. Scripture tells us that we are to train a child in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6). This includes meeting together regularly as Christians to spur one another onto love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:23-24). Dedication of children to God is a promise to model a Christian lifestyle to the children while worshipping with a church family regularly.
If you have any further questions. Please contact Debbie Best by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-391-2252