Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb a reward. – Psalms 127:3
At Central we recognize and celebrate life that God gives! It’s why child dedication is an important part of our church. The tradition originates from the story of Hannah.
I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD. – 1 Samuel 1:27-28
Child dedication is a commitment by the parents and the church to provide an opportunity for the child to know and experience what it means to follow Jesus.
Parent(s) voluntarily present their child and themselves to God. Parent(s) are committing themselves to faithfully fulfilling their parental responsibilities (1 Tim 5:8; Prov 22:6), to training their child in a biblically shaped environment (Deut 6:6-7; Col 3:21; Eph 6:4), and by being a Godly example by modeling and teaching their child how to walk in a personal relationship with Jesus (2 Tim 3:15-16). Parents are also acknowledging their need of prayerful support and encouragement by others in the church to do this (Heb 10:24-25). In Jesus Christ’s example in Luke 2:22 it says, “When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.”
At the time of dedication, the family at Central is also committing themselves to participate in the raising of this child through our children and youth programs as well as to encourage this child in such a way as to be a positive witness and influence so that the child can grow up to one day accept Jesus and live for Him.
At Central, we dedicate, rather than baptize children. We see baptism as a reflection of an individual’s decision to follow Jesus. It’s why we wait to baptize children until they are old enough to understand and believe.
We hold child dedications three times a year during our Sunday morning experience at 9am, 10:30am and 12pm. We do limit each service to 5 families and so service preferences will be given on a first come first serve basis until each service is full. We encourage you to invite your family and friends to attend and be a part of this special day.
One week prior to dedication we meet each family and walk through the order of service. On the day of dedication, families will arrive 20 minutes prior to the start time and check in with the designated staff person. We will reserve the front section near the stage for our families to seat until the dedication portion of the service.
Only the parent(s) of the child will be invited onto the platform. In the case of a single parent you may request another family member to stand with you on the platform if they are available to do so. All other family and friends are more than welcome to attend and are encouraged to sit with the family near the front of the auditorium.
By submitting your application, you are indicating your agreement with the purpose and intent of dedication as well as the logistical requirements.
If you have any questions regarding baby/child dedications please contact Lynette, our Care and Event Co-ordinator, or give her a call at 905.937.5610 x 253.