REQUEST FORM/CHILD DEDICATION
Welcome to our baby/child dedication request page.
What is a baby or child dedication? Children are a reward from God. A baby or child dedication ceremony is the act of giving back to God the gift He has given to you. That means you will make a public declaration before God, your family and friends, to raise your child to know, trust and to develop an intimate relationship with God through Christ Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
At New Jerusalem Christian Church, we value and honor children because Jesus did. Therefore, we, as a church, come alongside the parents, and their family and friends to support and equip them to be the spiritual leader in their home. Together, we commit to pray for, to love, teach and direct their child, in the Truth of Scripture. *Dedications are generally held for infants and children from 6 months to 6 years old.
Is a baby/child dedication Biblical? Yes. The practice of child dedication has been modeled throughout the Bible: Hannah brought her long-awaited son, Samuel, to the priest to dedicate him to the Lord; and Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple for dedication.
Why do we have dedications for babies/children instead of baptisms? We believe that baptism is an outward expression of an inward confession. Since babies and children 6 years of age and under are usually unable to declare this change, they are dedicated to the Lord by their parents.
Is dedication the same as salvation? Dedication is not salvation. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their sinfulness and receives forgiveness and eternal life through Christ and His work on the cross. Dedication prepares your child to accept Christ through faith, and to follow Him, at the appropriate time.
Our next baby/child dedication is:
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Sunday, October 21, 2018
To register, please complete the following form.
Please type name the way you want it to appear on the Dedication Certificate.
This image will be used for electronic invitation (and possibly certificate). Invitations will be emailed to you within 48 hours of request approval.