At New Life, we believe that children are a gift from God. We want to love children as Jesus did. Children are a high priority and value to us!
A Baby/Child Dedication is a public commitment you make before God, your family and your church. The dedication service provides you, the parents, the opportunity to express publicly your desire to lead and spiritually nurture your child to love God and others.
WHAT IS A CHILD DEDICATION?
The definition of dedication is a "setting apart" or "being set apart for a sacred purpose."
Child dedication is not baptism. Water baptism has to do with belief in Christ and repentance of sin and public confession of faith and commitment to Jesus. We reserve this practice for children who are old enough to make this decision for themselves (at New Life, we water baptize children 8 and above).
WHY DO WE DEDICATE CHILDREN?
We dedicate children for their blessing and our encouragement, following the example of godly parents in the Bible. They publicly dedicated their children to God, because they understood that God had entrusted their children to their care. As a church, it is a joyful opportunity to publicly recognize a child as a gift from God and to stand with the parents to raise their child up for God, as He gives them grace.
The Bible tells us that Hannah dedicated Samuel with these words, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord” (1 Samuel 1:27-28).
Mary and Joseph presented Jesus back to God in an act of worship and dedication, “When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. And the child grew and became strong; He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him." (Luke 2:22-40). We want to see this blessing be true for your child too.
Today, Child Dedication is:
- A joyful opportunity for parents to acknowledge God’s incredible blessing of children as a gift from God (Psalm 127:3)
- A formal recognition that the child belongs to God (Psalm 24:1).
- A public commitment on the part of the parents and body of Christ to teach God’s Word and encourage them in their spiritual development.
WHEN CAN I DEDICATE MY CHILD TO GOD? IS THERE A SPECIFIC AGE?
New Life encourages baby/child dedication for children ages 8 and under. Typically, a child is able to make the decision to follow Christ for themselves around the age of 8, but everyone is different. A pastor is willing to meet with you and offer resources to enable you to have a meaningful conversation to help assess if your child is ready for water baptism.
WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP?
That’s the easy part! We have several child dedications throughout the year. Just fill out the form below! (One form per child, if multiple children).