Baby Dedication

 
Baby Dedications are a time set aside in the life of the church to celebrate the entrance of a new life into the church family, by seeking God’s favor and blessings over the child and to charge the parent or parents before God and man that parents need God’s wisdom and help in raising their child and with God’s help, parents will do your best to set the example for this child to follow in the way of the LORD.
 
The Baby Dedication at Star of Bethlehem does not involve baptism. We believe that baptism is meant to take place at a time when an individual makes a personal decision to follow Christ and is old enough to repent and confess Jesus publicly.
 
Baby Dedication Schedule: Here at Star Dedications normally are done on Quarterly Basis.
 
 
In preparation for the time of dedication, you and your family should be aware of the following:
 
Why should I dedicate my child?
The Bible provides an example for us in that Mary and Joseph took baby Jesus to the temple to be dedicated to God. As followers of Christ, we also should want to make the public declaration to our family, and our church. It is invaluable to be able to tell your children as they are growing up that they belong to Jesus and that you have asked God to use them in a formal declaration.
 
Where in the Scripture does it say to dedicate your child?
Scripture does not mention anything about dedication of children; however, Hannah dedicated her son Samuel to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:27, 28). Jesus was dedicated to the Lord as a baby (Luke 2:22) and baptized as an adult (Matthew 3:13-17). In Mark 10:11-13 we read: “People were bringing little children to Jesus to have Him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth; anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it’. And He took the children in His arms, put His hand on them and blessed them.” It is primarily from this passage of Scripture that we model our service of dedication and present a child to the Lord.
 
How old should the child be?
While there is no set age for a child to be presented to the Lord, children are generally dedicated between the ages of 1 – 3 yrs old. 
 
Can I as a grandparent dedicate my grandchild?
Yes, if you have full custody and the child lives with you. The person making a public vow should be the child’s caretaker who is responsible for the upbringing of the child. One reason for this is that a Baby Dedication certificate is an official church document.
 
What about godparents?
There is nothing mentioned in the Bible about Godparents. Parents themselves have the responsibility to raise up their children in the ways of the Lord. Some parents may like to call witnesses to confirm their commitment. These may be relatives or loved ones who know the parents well and who themselves are Christians and faithful to the Lord.
 
Who is able to stand with me?
Godparents are welcome to attend the ceremony, and stand with the parents. They along with immediate family members are welcomed to stand in support of this dedication and be charged as well to support the parents and child to live as God would have them. Single parents who are not married who wish to have their child dedicated may not have boyfriends or girlfriends stand with them during the ceremony.
 
What if I am a believer but my spouse or the other parent is not?
If only one parent is a believer, the dedication of the child can be done if the unbelieving parent has given permission.
 
What if I am not married but I live with the child’s father/mother?
Dedication has both to do with seeking God’s blessings upon the Child and the Parents declaring (making a vow) their dedication to bring their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. It is very difficult to make such a declaration when living in opposition to the Word of God. We are very supportive of parents and do encourage them to make their union legal and then proceed with the Baby Dedication.
 
What happens before the actual ceremony?
Before the ceremony, parents are required to formally request that the Pastor bless and dedicated their child. This must be done by completing a baby dedication form and turning the form into the church office at least 3 weeks prior to the date requested. Please note that Baby dedications are normally done on the 2nd Sundays of each month. Upon completion of the form, the parents are required to attend a Godly parenting orientation prior to the actual baby dedication. Orientation Session are led by members of the Deaconess Ministry. Parent(s) who do not attend and complete the orientation prior to the date of Baby Dedication will not be allowed to stand before the church with their child.
 
What happens during the actual ceremony?
During the ceremony, the Pastor will ask the parents and family to bring their children to the platform. You will vow to God before the congregation, that you will raise your child in the Christian faith, that you will be his or her example, and that you will train your child in Christian disciplines: Prayer, Bible reading, church attendance, etc. The Pastor will then hold and bless each child. You will then receive your child’s Dedication Certificate and be seated following the minister’s concluding prayer.
 
Should the child be dressed a special way?
No. You can dress the child in whatever clothes you wish.
 
Can we take pictures during the ceremony?
Picture taking is permissible if done orderly and without interference. The vows being made at this time are important and serious to the Lord. Please make sure that your guests are aware that they should use great discretion when taking pictures during the ceremony.
 
What is expected of me after I dedicate my child?
A Baby Dedication is a public vow to cultivate a spiritual atmosphere in the home. One must never underestimate the incredible influence a parent has on the faith of their children. Baby dedications expresses the intention and faith of the parents to do everything they can to lead their child to salvation. It is a public pledge to circle the child with a positive environment that will nurture the child’s faith in God. Scripture tells us that we are to train a child in the way he should go (Proverbs 22:6). This includes meeting together regularly as Christians to spur one another onto love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:23-24). Dedication of children to God is a promise to model a Christian lifestyle to the children while worshipping with a church family regularly.