Child Dedication Information

Children are a gift from God.

As believers, we are called to recognize that children belong first and foremost to God. And God, in His goodness, gives children as gifts to those who love them. As parent or guardian of a child, you have the awesome responsibility of caring for this gift, but also the wonderful privilege of enjoying the gift. It is only proper and appropriate that children be dedicated back to God.

For the Dedication service, we ask that you provide us with your child’s full name as you would like it to appear on the dedication certificate. You can do this by stopping by the Next Steps table after service, or calling the church office at the number below.

The Dedication usually occurs during the first half of the service while we are worshipping God through song, but can also occur at the completion of service. The Dedication coordinator can provide you with the details when you check you and your child in. When dedicating your child, other family members and loved ones may join you on the stage.

We will then ask you to pray the Prayer of Dedication below with the Pastoral staff and your church family.

A Prayer of Dedication

ALL PARENTS:
All Mighty God,
Give me your spirit, to love, nurture, encourage and teach my child to know You and receive Your love all the days of their lives.
Give me Your patient spirit,
one that listens deeply to my child.

Give me Your compassionate spirit,
one that is always ready to offer a soothing word and a healing touch.

Give me Your courageous spirit, one that is not afraid to speak out on behalf of children.
Forgive me when life’s worries keep me from fully enjoying life with them.

I welcome spiritual responsibility and dedicate my child back to You…

ALL:
We as a church accept the responsibility to make Your church a safe place for children…
a place where children are celebrated, protected and loved.
A place where God’s image will not be distorted.
A place where the truth of God and the love of God is found through us.

In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

BLESSING:
May the simplicity of coming to Jesus like a child, receiving His love, provision and blessing as His child be your this week and always. Amen.