Child Dedication

Parents partnering with God.

 

Celebration International Church believes children are a gift from God, and we are very excited that you are considering child dedication.

 

Child dedication is a public commitment you make before God, your church, and your family. The dedication service provides you, the parent(s), an opportunity to express publically your desire to lead and spiritually nurture your child in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, so your child will develop a desire to love God and love others.

 

Listed below are frequently asked questions about child dedication. Take time to review them to find answers to any questions you may have. For any additional questions, please contact the office at (508) 653-6864.

 

To schedule a child dedication, please complete a Child Dedication Application.

Child Dedication

FAQ's

What is the biblical purpose and history of child dedication?

The scriptural root of a child dedication is found in 1 Samuel 1:27–28 (NASB), where a godly woman named Hannah prayed year after year for God to give her a child. He answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words:

 

"For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord."

 

In Luke chapter 2 of the New Testament, following the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the temple and dedicated Him.

 

In both Scripture passages, the parents entrusted their child completely to God.

Can a single parent participate in a child dedication?

Yes! Child dedication signifies the commitment of parents (including single parents) to do their best to raise their child to be a follower of Christ. Additionally, we highly encourage single parents to dedicate their child as they commit themselves to raise him or her without the presence or partnership of a spouse. As a church, CIC is committed to supporting single parents in providing a Christian foundation for their child’s upbringing.

Do I need to be a member of CIC to dedicate my child?

You do not need to be a member of Celebration International Church to have your child dedicated in a group or public ceremony at CIC. We do encourage parents to make sure they are calling CIC their home church. Why? In dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you are willing to partner with God and the church to raise your child in cooperation with God’s intentions. To partner with any church, a parent would be wise to decide if he or she agrees with its beliefs and vision, so they can be all-in in their partnership with the church.

What can I expect during a child dedication?

During the dedication service, parents express vows before God, their family, and the church, declaring their desire to raise their child in a God-honoring way. Because parents are the key role models for their children, they play a primary role in the dedication service.

 

Parents will be asked to affirm the following commitments:

  • Do you receive this child with gratitude, as God’s gift to you and your family?

  • Do you commit to each other as parents, creating a stable environment in which your child can mature? Will you make a covenant to strengthen your marriage relationship?

  • Do you commit to be parents of personal faith, recognizing your children are more likely to follow God’s path by the model they first observe in you?

  • Do you commit to lead a faith-filled home that honors God in all your relationships and in the choices you make in spiritually growing your family?

  • Do you commit to be parents with patience, recognizing that with your inherent strengths and weaknesses, your desire to shape your child is a loving act that will require time, prayer, and God in order to produce in your children what He and you hope for?

 

If you have registered for a child dedication, you will receive an email approximately one week before the date of the service with information regarding what to expect, including the service order and times.

 

Child dedications are performed at various times. The pastor will determine the date and time of the ceremony.

Does CIC baptize infants?

Scripture provides evidence that Baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48). And the New Testament records the baptisms of adult believers only.

 

In the Bible, we find parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them, prayed for them, and told us to welcome them. But He did not baptize them and He did not tell anyone else to baptize them. CIC believes Baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation, once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means. As a general rule, CIC's Elders have determined that a believer must be at least 12 years old to be baptized.

 

Dedication is not a sacrament; nor does it impart grace or salvation to a child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their sinfulness and receives forgiveness and eternal life through Christ and His work on the cross.

 

Rather than baptizing infants or children, CIC encourages Christian parents to dedicate their children. This is a ceremony in which parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.

At what age can a child take part in a baby dedication?

While CIC does not have a set age requirement for child dedication, the average age for a child to be dedicated is four to eight months old, although many parents dedicate children much older than that, often for the following reasons:

 

  • The parent(s) are new believers in Christ and their children were not dedicated when they were infants.

  • The parent(s) are having a younger child dedicated and want to have their older child dedicated at the same time.

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