At GFA, we believe in baby dedications and base this view on Biblical example. We are told in 1st Samuel 1 that Hannah presented her son, Samuel, to the Lord. In Luke 2:22 we read that Mary and Joseph brought their baby, Jesus, to the temple in Jerusalem in order to present him before the Lord. At GFA we defer water baptism for children until they reach what we refer to as the “age of understanding” – specifically the time when they can consciously and independently choose to make a public declaration of their faith in Jesus Christ and their desire to serve Him as their Lord. (Note: We do not believe that a child’s dedication and/or baptism is a guarantee of salvation [going to heaven] for the child; only a confession of faith in Christ does that. Before the age of accountability we believe that all children are the Lord’s.)
While we dedicate children to the Lord, in reality this ceremony is a dedication of the parents. Through this act, parents are presenting themselves before the Lord and committing to the Lord to raise their child in a loving Christian home and to teach them about Jesus Christ through their words and through the example of their lives. Deuteronomy 6:4-7 says: “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God is one. 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 upon your hearts. Impress them on their 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.”
The parents are also asking the community (the church) to help support them as they raise their child. Thus, dedicating one’s baby to the Lord is also a commitment on the parent’s part to ongoing participation in the Christian community. Georgetown First Assembly is committed to supporting parents in their responsibility to disciple their children. As your church community we are also joining with you to commit your child to the care of Jesus Christ and are praying a blessing over your life and that of your child.
Additionally, a baby dedication is an opportunity for parents to publicly acknowledge God as one who has given their child to them and to express their gratitude to God for the blessing of their child. A baby dedication is a wonderful opportunity to gather with family, friends, and your church family to celebrate the gift of your child and your commitment to Christ to serve the child as Christian parents.
If you’d like to dedicate your child to the Lord in an upcoming service, please fill out the form below.
Please note: We believe it is best if both parents fully support and participate in this dedication, however, we also recognize the need for grace in unique and extenuating circumstances. If you are a single parent or you’re married to a spouse that chooses not to participate in this dedication, please don’t let that stop you from dedicating your child to the Lord. We are here to help and support you as you raise your child in the ways of the Lord.