First Christian Church

Infant Dedication Policy

 
Child or infant dedications are held on Sunday mornings during the regular worship service(s). These special ceremonies are designed to give parents, grandparents, and guardians an opportunity to publically dedicate their child to God (1Samuel 1:27-28, Luke 2:22). While the infant dedication is a very special moment, it does not reflect upon the baby's personal faith. This event is not the same as an infant baptism, nor does it guarantee a child will grow up to follow Christ.
 
Child and Infant Dedication is a commitment on the part of the parents, and other participating relatives and the congregation to raise and encourage this child in such a way as to be a positive witness and influence so that the baby can grow up to one day accept Christ and live for him. Those who desire to have their infant or baby dedicated must: 1) Call the church office and make an appointment with the Senior Pastor. During this appointment you will discuss the purpose of a baby dedication ceremony, the theology behind infant dedication, who is to be involved, the components, and the date and time the event will take place. This should be done 4 to 6 weeks in advance of the actual ceremony. 2) Be at the church to meet with the pastor, Elders, and or Deacon(s) prior to the Sunday morning worship service on the morning of the dedication ceremony for final review and questions.
Parents desiring to dedicate a child must be actively participating in the worship and Christian education life of First Christian Church. The decision to dedicate an infant or child rests with the Senior Pastor in consultation with the Board of Elders. 
 
Christian parents who dedicate a child are making a promise to the Lord to do everything within their power to raise the child in according to God’s teachings, prayerfully until he or she can make a decision on his or her own to follow God. Parents who make this vow of commitment are instructed to raise the child in the ways of God, and not according to their own ways. Some of the responsibilities include teaching and training the child in God's Word, demonstrating an example of Godliness, disciplining according to God's ways, and praying earnestly for the child. These same commitments apply to the congregation who enter into this covenant with the parents.
 
“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.” (Deut. 6: 6-7)
 
1. Parents challenged to biblically guide and educate their child and to lay foundation of
learning about God. This takes place in concert with the congregation during worship, Sunday School, and the fellowship life of the church.
 
2. Recognize that parents cannot decide their children’s salvation for them (each person
must make his or her own decision about a relationship with Christ).
 
3. “Behold children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward. Like
an arrow in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. (Psalm 127: 3-4)
 
4. In Luke 2; we see the parents of Baby Jesus taking him to the temple “to present Him
to the Lord” (Luke2:22). The gospels also tell us that little children were brought to
Jesus for him to touch them and bless them.