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.