The Child Dedication Ceremony is officiated every third Sunday of the month as part of the Worship Service, but may be re-scheduled for very important reasons.
This ceremony is a biblical practise of faith, where believing Christian parents present their child or children publicly, for dedication to God. This is in recognition that children belong first and foremost to God, and in His goodness, gives children as gifts to parents. Psalm 127:3 proclaims that children are a heritage from the Lord and a reward from Him. Parents therefore have not only the wonderful privilege of enjoying the gifts, but also the awesome responsibility of caring for and nurturing these gifts.
It is therefore expected that parents presenting a child for dedication to God, will themselves love God and one another, modelling before their children, a wonderful love for God that they would want for themselves.
As parents vow, by God’s divine help, and in partnership with the church, to provide these children with a Christian home of love and peace; and raise them up in the truth of our Lord’s instructions and discipline, they will be encouraged to trust Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, and fulfil their God-given destinies.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES FOR BABY DEDICATION
• Psalm 127:3 – Children are a heritage from God
• Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Eph. 6:1-4- – Love God and walk in His ways with your children
• 1 Samuel 1:24-28 – Hannah presents her son Samuel to God
• Luke 2:22 – Joseph and Mary present Jesus to God.
• Carefully fill in the required details on the application form, no later than a month to the respective date (3rd Sunday of the following month)
• Include with the application form, a photocopy of your child’s full Birth Certificate.
• Parents are encouraged to give to God a “Thanksgiving Offering”, as a seed offering to provoke and establish a response of His blessings upon the child. This is not a charge for the ceremony.
• Friends and family members who will accompany parents to church on the day of the ceremony, will be provided with appropriate seating places by the ushers.
The child dedication takes place before the preaching of the sermon. Parents and child are introduced to the congregation and then invited to proceed to the front of the pulpit.
After vows and commitment from the parents and the congregation, Pastor George will pray a prayer of dedication for the child, and then the parents, with the congregation standing and praying in support.
HOLDING OF THE CHILD AND LAYING ON OF HANDS
The prayer of dedication is made with the chid being held in the arms of the pastor, if they are babies or young enough. Where children attached to parents may tend to cry, are too old, or heavy, pastor will lay hands on them and pray, while still being held by their parents.