It is wonderful that your family has been enlarged with the addition of a child.
Congratulations on this new member who has come into your lives, what a joy and a pleasure.
It is natural that we want the best for our children and that includes wanting to give them a great start in life and encourage their growth in all areas of life: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
So just what is Child Dedication
At Carey we recognise the significance of learning from the very beginning of life and acknowledge the uniqueness of each individual within each family. One of the formal ways that we do this at Carey is through Child Dedication. Jesus welcomed and included children, so we want to acknowledge them and thank God for them: “He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”(Matt 18:2-5).
- A Child Dedication is a ceremony in which parents, and sometimes entire families, thank God for the new life of your child(ren) and their presence in the family.
- It’s also an occasion where you make promises as parents as best as you are able, to bring up your child(ren) to know God.
- The church community also has the opportunity to acknowledge that they also have a role in giving you their support in raising your child(ren).
- It is not a naming ceremony or a rite to initiate a child into the church.
- It is also not a baptism or christening.
What is involved
At Carey, when we have a child dedication, it is an integral part of a normal Sunday service. It typically takes only a few minutes for each family and child. Families come down to the front of the church auditorium so that they can clearly be seen by family and friends. There may be a number of families simultaneously dedicating their children and making promises.
- There may be a particular Bible verse or verses that are important to you and you may want a significant family member or friend to read these aloud.
- You may wish to make specific comments about what it has meant to have your child join the family
- A prayer by pastor/relative/friend for your child and family will conclude the dedication ceremony.
Contact David Scaife, our Children’s & Families Pastor for more information regarding Child Dedication, firstname.lastname@example.org