You might have heard the song growing up, "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world." Here at CCC we love kids! We believe that kids matter to God. That is where baby dedications come in. We call Baby Dedication a spiritual milestone. It is not just for the baby - but more importantly - it is for the parent. This ceremony is an opportunity to publicly say that your child/baby is a gift from God and that you as a parent are committing to raise your child for God with God’s guidance.
We offer baby dedications throughout the year with a required pre-dedication class for the parent(s) held two weeks before the dedication. During this relaxed, informal setting, you will discuss dedication further, as well understanding the commitment you are making as parents. And, knowing how stressful parenting can be on a marriage, we will also offer some helpful parenting and marital information during the class.
What is Parent/Child Dedication?
Parent/Child Dedication is a time of public and personal commitment where parents promise to raise their children with godly principles, so that one day when they are ready and understand, they will choose to accept Christ. Through this ceremony, you show your family and friends that before God, you are willing to take on the solemn responsibility of guiding your child into a relationship with God.
How is dedication different from baptism?
Child Dedication is not a sacrament, nor is it a declaration of a child’s faith. Rather, it is a commitment that parents are making.
Why is Parent/Child Dedication important?
We believe that children belong first and foremost to God. We not only have an awesome responsibility to be the spiritual leaders for and care for our children, but also to enjoy this gift. As it says in Psalm 127:3, "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him." It is only proper that they be dedicated back to him.