If you would like to publicly dedicate your son or daughter to the Lord during a Sunday celebration service or would like additional information, please contact the church office (email@example.com). The next date is Sunday, October 9, 2017.
Referring to children, Psalm 127:5 says "Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them." Indeed, children are a blessing and a gift from God. Certainly there is responsibility (and plenty of it), but raising children is a privilege and joy.
Dedicating children to God is a public commitment you make before God, your church, and your family to express your desire to lead and spiritually nurture the growth and development of a child. Christian parents who dedicate a child are making a promise to the Lord to do everything within their power to raise the child in a godly way, prayerfully until he or she can make a decision on his or her own to follow God.
Why should I have my child dedicated?
The scriptural basis for child dedication is found in 1 Samuel, where a godly woman named Hannah earnestly prayed for a child. During one of those prayers 1 Samuel 1:11 (NIV) tells us, And she (Hannah) made a vow, saying, "O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life..."
When God answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, whom she named Samuel, 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." (1 Samuel 1:27-28 NASB).
Furthermore, 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. When we bring a child for dedication, parent(s) are making a similar commitment to entrust their child to God. We are recognizing the fact that ultimately the child comes from God and belongs to God.
What are my responsibilities as a parent?
The writings of Moses found in Deuteronomy 6:5–9 describe God's plan for how a parent should raise up a child:
"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 upon 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 doorframes of your houses and on your gates."
When you present a child for dedication, you are committing to do your best to follow the instructions in Deuteronomy 6:5-9.
What do I do next?
If you would like to publicly dedicate your son or daughter to the Lord during a Sunday celebration service or would like additional information, please contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org).