Children are a gift from God, and every life is a miracle. In the scriptures we find parents bringing their children to Jesus to bless them. Jesus’ disciples didn’t want the children to bother him so they tried to send them away but Jesus instead used it as a teaching moment: He said “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:15-17
Since that time parents have been presenting their children to Jesus in this amazing tradition. Because we recognize each child as a gift from God, we are responsible for these young lives.
Child dedication is an opportunity to dedicate ourselves to that responsibility, as well as an invitation to the church to be a community of support, encouragement, and prayer for each family and child.
Child dedication is not baptism but rather a commitment of the parents and church family to do our very best to raise every child to know and experience Christ in a way that they will eventually make their own choice to follow Christ.