Parent and Child Dedication

Family and Child Dedication is not a biblical command, however it is something that we see in Scripture (1 Samuel 1:27-28, Luke 2:22). The word “dedication” means to consecrate or set someone apart for the purpose of honoring God. Therefore, when we have parent and child dedication, we are declaring our desire to raise a child in the knowledge and understanding of the Lord. It is not a statement of salvation for your child, neither is it baptism. Instead, it is a time for you to publicly declare your commitment to live out the calling of Deuteronomy 6:5-9: 

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. We incorporate this time as a part of our worship services because it should be done within the context of a church family who will commit to walking with you, holding you accountable, and providing wisdom, guidance, and help as you seek to raise your children.

If you would like to know more about Parent and Child Dedication at Malvern Hill Baptist Church, you can read this document. 

If you would like to sign up to participate in the dedication service at 10:30 AM on Sunday, June 17, please complete this online form or contact the church office by Sunday, June 3. 

Children's Ministry - Weekly Opportunities

Each week, we have a number of opportunities for our children to experience ways that they can grow in their understanding of God and their relationship with Him:

//Sunday Morning - LifeGroups

From 9:15-10:15AM every SUnday morning, our children who are between the ages of 15-months and 5th grade have LifeGroups where they participate in age-appropriate lessons that teach them the truths of God's Word. You can find a list of these LifeGroups here. Nursery is available during this time for those children younger than 15-months old.

//Sunday Morning - Children's Worship

During our 10:30AM worship service, preschool and children's groups attend worship with the rest of our church family and then are dismissed during the for their own time of worship. While children are welcome to stay with their parents during worship, Children's worship allows them to have a time of singing and teaching that is applicable for their age. Nursery is available during the entire service for those younger than preschool-age.

//Sunday Evening - Children's Worship

On most Sunday evenings during the school year, our children have a children's choir that meets at 6:00PM. There are separate preschool and elementary age choirs, but both of them use resources like Seeds Family Worship to help our children meditate on God's Word and memorize it.

//Wednesday Evening - Kids 4 Christ

On Wednesdsay nights at 6:30PM, our Children's Ministry has activities for preschool age children. 5K through 5th graders have a Bible club where they study the Bible and plan and participate in mission activities.

Children's Ministry - Special Events

Our Children's Ministry has a number of special events that they offer throughout the year. Some of our largest events that we offer each year are:

Vacation Bible School//

Every year Malvern Hill Baptist Church sponsors a Vacation Bible School for children 2-years-old through having completed 6th grade. Children experience a wonderful time each night with Bible study, worship rally, crafts, recreation, and dinner. This event is completely free as a way for us to bless our community and teach children about the good news of Jesus Christ. 

Fall Festival//

On October 31 every year, we host a Fall Festival that is attended by roughly 1,800 people every year. This free community event is filled with fun activities like bouncy houses, obstacle courses, trunk or treat, and a tone of games. There are plenty of free concessions like cotton candy, popcorn, snow-cones and more!

Other events that our Children's Ministry does during the year includes:

Special Mission Projects // Movie & Pizza Night // Valentine's Day Party // Easter Egg Hunt and Party //

Easter Projects // Children's Ministry Luncheons // Bible Bingo Nights // Camp Longridge // Morning In Bethlehem //

Jesus' Birthday Party // Winter Retreat