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THE MINISTRY OF INFANT DEDICATION CEREMONY
The four basic purposes of the infant dedication service is to:
- Thank God for the miracle of the birth
- To ask God's blessings upon the child and to dedicate he/she to God
- For the parents and family to commit themselves to raise the child to love Jesus and His word
The purpose of the ceremony is for the parents or legal guardians to publically declare their intent to train their child to know the Lord. Proverbs 22:6 is often quoted: "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it." God-parents are not required to participate. To begin the ceremony, the pastor will invite the family involved to come forward with their child(ren). This may consist of any or all family members present, close friends and god-parents, if applicable.
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The regular scheduled time for baby dedication is the third Sabbath (Saturday) of each month during the main service. However, arrangements outside this schedule can be made by contacting our Church Clerk or the pastors. On this occassion the format is the pastor will invite the parent/s to come to the altar with the baby or child along with friends and other family members attending at that time. Usually the pastor conducting the dedication will asks questions to the parents that require a response in the affirmative regarding their intent to rightly train their child and to set godly examples, etc.
He will then ask members of the congregation if they promise to be supportive of the child and parents. They answer in the affirmative. The pastor will then take the baby, offer a prayer to dedicate him to the Lord and ask God's favor and blessing on him/her, parents and others who will be involved in the child's development. At the end of the dedication the parents and child are presented with gifts designed to help them in rearing their child according to God's plan and desires. The child does not become a member of the church.
The family is then invited to continue to worship with us or they may quietly leave. We however hope both parent/s and child will continue to build a meaningful relationship with us and with God.