First of all, we are excited you are interested in our Child Dedication event. But we want you to know—it’s so much more than just an event. Our child dedication celebrations are meant to serve as a way for you as parents to begin thinking about what your child needs most—and we believe that is love. Yes, your love, but more importantly, the love of their heavenly Father.
Our hope is that through Child Dedications, you will establish a commitment to raising your child to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And not only that, but we want to partner with you in this endeavor.
That’s why we’re here—to link arms with you in raising your child to have a faith of their own. We promise to create consistent and relevant environments for so your child can grow in their relationship with God.
Together we have 936 weeks (the number of weeks from birth to age 18) to give your child the foundation they will build on for the rest of their lives. We want to partner with you to help your child become . . .
someone who loves God.
someone who loves others.
someone who really lives.
In Deuteronomy 6:5-7, Moses gave some parenting advice. Here’s what he said: “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.”
Instead of asking yourself what you want your child to do, what if you asked yourself, who do I want my child to be? How do I want them to live out their faith?
Right now is important. The crazy, overwhelming moments along the way are important. But while you’re surviving those, keep a bigger picture in your mind: the person that your amazing son or daughter can become.
Here are a couple of FAQ’s that may answer some questions you have:
Is this an infant baptism?
No. We believe that a child must be old enough to understand what it means to put their faith in Jesus Christ before they can be baptized. This event is an opportunity for you as parents to publically declare that you want to raise your child to develop their own relationship with Jesus Christ.
How do I sign up?
We will have the application form on our website. You will need to fill this out to be able to participate in the Child Dedication. We plan on dedicating 4 children per gathering so you will need to turn in your application asap to get your gathering choice.
How is this going to be done?
We will be dedicating the children during each gathering. We will call you and your child up on stage and pray over each child. This is an exciting part of church life and we all want to celebrate with you.
If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the church office at 260-925-4599
We can’t wait for our celebration of your child and joining with you in raising your child to follow Jesus!
Pastor Steve Buckner – Lead Pastor
Kelly Strong – Children’s Director