May 14, 2017 | 9:30 & 11AM
Parents partnering with God as they raise their children
Friendship Church believes children are a gift from God, and we are very excited that you are interested in baby dedication.
On Sunday, May 14th, as part of our Mother’s Day Celebration, we will be acknowledging Parent/Baby Dedications. As a parent this is an opportunity for you to publicly share with the entire church body that you are committing to raising your child(ren) in a way that honors and glorifies God.
We will do this in two ways:
- Video: We will shoot an introduction video of you, the parent(s), with your child(ren), simply introducing yourselves. This video will be shot on Sunday, May 7th, during both services. See below for more details.
- Publicly: You will present yourselves and your child to the church body during the celebration service you normally attend, along with other participating families to make your public commitment.
If you are interested in participating:
1– Please read the following dedication qualifications below:
- We ask parents to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- We ask parents to be sure their beliefs line up with Friendship’s statements of belief.
- We ask parents to be regular attenders of Friendship’s weekend services.
- We ask parents who are living together and who are not married to take steps to acknowledge and surrender to God’s plan for their relationship before participating in a child dedication service.
2–Then proceed to the registration form and provide the following information:
- Parents’ names
- Parent’s Preferred email address and phone number
- Child(ren)’s name(s) and age(s)
- Choose one of two times to have your introduction video shot on May 7th. The video shoot will take place in the open office area. Time slots include before the first service (9:10-9:20AM) or after the second service (12:10-12:20PM).
- Choose the service you will be attending on May 14th so our volunteers can coordinate with you on the day of the dedication.
We are open to having conversations with you on any of the above statements. If you are interested, contact us at email@example.com or call 317-535-2544.
Registration Deadline: All registrations must be complete by the end of the 11AM service on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
Frequently Asked Questions
Listed below are frequently asked questions about child dedication. Take time to review them to find answers to any questions you may have. For unanswered questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-535-2544.
What is the biblical purpose and history of a child dedication?
The scriptural root of a child dedication is found in 1 Samuel 1:27–28 (NASB), where a godly woman named Hannah prayed year after year for God to give her a child. He answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words:
“For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.”
In Luke chapter 2 of the New Testament, following the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the temple and dedicated Him.
In both Scripture passages, the parents entrusted their child completely to God.
The writings of Moses found in Deuteronomy 6:5–9 describe God’s plan for how a parent should raise up a child:
“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 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
One key step in marking your desire to nurture your child in the ways of God is to dedicate him or her to God publically, through a child dedication ceremony.
Do I need to be a Friendship Church Ministry Partner to have my child dedicated at Friendship?
You do not need to be a Ministry Partner of Friendship Church to have your child dedicated in a group or public ceremony at Friendship. We do encourage parents to make sure they are calling Friendship their home church. Why? In dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you are willing to partner with God and the church to raise your child in cooperation with God’s intentions. To partner with any church, a parent would be wise to decide if he or she agrees with its beliefs and vision, so they can be all-in in their partnership with the church.
When you choose to become a partner at Friendship, you are stating that you agree with Friendship’s beliefs and values, and that you want Friendship to be your home church. For more information on ministry partnership, visit the partnership page.
Can a single parent participate in a parent/baby dedication service?
Yes! Child dedication signifies the commitment of parents (including single parents) to do their best to raise their child to be a follower of Christ. Additionally, we highly encourage single parents to dedicate their child as they commit themselves to raise him or her without the presence or partnership of a spouse. The decision to dedicate a child is not dependent upon the beliefs of the ex-spouse; however we encourage single parents to discuss child dedication with their ex-spouse. Ideally, both parents—even if not married—would still commit to the dedication of their child to God. We acknowledge that this is often not possible, and that it takes extra effort for a single parent to raise a child. As a church, Friendship is committed to supporting single parents in providing a Christian foundation for their child’s upbringing.