Children are a gift from God! We love kids and are committed to teaching them about Jesus. Child Dedications is your way of publicly declaring that commitment and partnering with the Body of Christ to help raise children in God’s House. Dedications will be done in the 6pm service Saturday or Sunday’s 11am service on Mother’s Day weekend (May 11 & 12) and Labor Day weekend (August 31 & September 1.)
CLICK THE BIG, GREEN BUTTON TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD!
If you’re registering more than one child, you’ll repeat the process…but it only takes a minute!
What is it?
Baby and child dedication is a covenant agreement between you (the parents) and God to demonstrate God-life as you raise you child in the ways of the Lord. Dedicating your child to the Lord is the act of giving back to God the gift He has given you as parents. It is an act of worship, thanksgiving, dependence, trust, and commitment. The church family also covenants to come along side both you – the parents – and the child, offering prayer and support.
When did people start dedicating their children to God?
The practice of child dedication has been modeled throughout the Bible. The Israelites brought their 8-day-old children to the priest for blessing. Hannah (I Samuel 1:24-28) brought her long-awaited son Samuel to the priest Eli to dedicate him to the Lord. Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple for his dedication.
Is it the same as infant baptism or christening?
Child dedication is different from infant baptism or christening. We believe that all infants are destined for heaven should they die before they are old enough to make the conscious decision to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We also believe the Bible teaches that baptism should take place after a person has made a personal choice to follow Christ.
How often are dedication services offered?
Baby dedications are integrated into our weekend services a couple of times each year, usually Mother’s Day and Labor Day weekends. Check the events calendar or type “child” in the search box at the top of the page to see when the next opportunity is.
I am a single parent. May I still dedicate my child?
Who should we invite to the service? Do I need to select “God parents” for my child?
Dedications are a very special time, so be sure to invite your family and friends. There is no limit on the number of guest you may invite! We certainly support your choice of significant individuals to offer support and encouragement and to hold you accountable to the commitment you will be making. Friends and family are welcome to take pictures and if you have others who will be standing with you, have them come up with you (grandparents, godparents, siblings, etc.)
What happens during the service?
Pastor Thom and Shelby will usually call the families up between worship and the message but that timeline can change. It’s best to keep babies (and the other family and friends who you’d like to go up with you) in the sanctuary until dedications are complete. .
Do we get a certificate for their baby book?
Yes! We’ll prepare a certificate and will get the necessary information when you register. You’ll also receive a personalized Parent Covenant to sign and keep. (See example below.)
Do I have to be a member of the Garden?
Official church membership is not a requirement for parents to dedicate their children. Since this service is a public statement of a covenant relationship between you and God and the church, we hope you enjoy doing God-life with us here at the Garden and ask that you be a active participants in our family of faith with a desire to bring your child up in Godly, Christ-centered home.
If you have questions or would like to speak with someone, please contact the church office at (509) 735-1650.
The Garden’s Parent Covenant
(you will receive a personalized covenant to sign and keep upon dedication of your child.)
We acknowledge that our child is a gift from God, that we are his caretakers, and therefore covenant before God and this church family to accept responsibility for guiding him to know and follow Jesus Christ. As parents who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we will model how to have a growing personal relationship with Jesus. We believe that he will reach a stage of maturity and be responsible to God for his choices. We will teach him who Jesus is and how to trust Him as Savior.
We believe that he was created in the image of God and has the potential for being vital in His kingdom. We will study and apply the Bible to our daily life. We will help him to understand and obey the Bible’s teachings. We will teach him the priority of prayer.
We acknowledge that God established marriage and partners with us to honor our marriage commitment for the benefit of our children. We believe that Jesus established His church to be an extension of His love in the world. We will model a love for church and a willingness to strengthen Jesus’ ministry by serving others.
With God as our strength, we promise to give him every possible opportunity to benefit from home, school, church, and community. We ask Him to bless, guide and guard him through all his years.