This is a great family experience where we dedicate our kids while also making a commitment as parents to honor God and glorify Him within our household. Though child dedication does NOT save the child, it is a way of saying to the Lord “We want a blessed household, and a blessed child.” Child Dedication is for those who desire to make a public commitment to follow the instruction of Deuteronomy 6:5-9.
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
How it works
Child dedications are held a few time a year during Sunday services.
Anyone can come up to represent the child that is being dedicated (i.e. parents, grandparents).
Pastor Bruce will anoint the child’s head with oil. In scripture, oil often signifies the Holy Spirit. Anointing with oil often suggest our desire to see The Holy Spirit working in the life of our family.
In standing before the church you will be dedicating to the Lord both your child AND yourself as a parent(s). We believe the Child Dedication is actually more about the parent(s) desire to be dedicated and empowered to be good, loving and Godly influence in the child’s life. Though we are dedicating the child, we in turn are dedicating the parents (though no anointing will be involved for the parents).
Invite anyone and everyone you would like to witness your child/children’s dedication. You are actually honoring God by inviting family and friends to see all God is doing within your family.
What The Bible Says About Child Dedication
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[d] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.