Dedicating your child to the Lord is a wonderful and godly event. Remember the day your child was born? As you know, along with the incredible gift of a new life comes the awesome responsibility of raising your child to love and serve God. At Island Christian Church we view the dedication of children as a commitment that parents make of how they will raise their children.
The Scriptures clearly instruct parents to bring their children up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. This begins with the parents having a personal relationship with God and putting their faith in Jesus’ sacrifice for sin and resurrection. Out of that relationship flows the resources to provide a loving, God-centered home environment in which to teach the Good News about Jesus. We encourage parents to commit themselves to the instruction manual for life; the Word of God.
We believe that along with the right home environment, a child also needs a safe and caring Christian community. We ask the congregation to commit themselves to be that community.
Dedications are scheduled during Sunday morning services every three months. If you desire to have your child dedicated, please contact us. Prior to the dedication you will meet with one of our Pastors to discuss the significance of your commitment. After the dedication occurs, you will receive a certificate to commemorate your commitment.
Dedicating for the first time? We ask that you attend a special Dedication Class called Raising Kids with Sticky Faith. Childcare provided. Details available upon registration.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Child Dedication:
1. Can my whole family join us on the stage during the dedication?
Because of limited space, we ask that only the following be on the stage during the dedication: the parents; the child or children being dedicated and any siblings. This is a great family event. We encourage you to invite family and friends to witness the dedication (we provide invitations for that purpose). Cameras are welcomed!
2. How old can my child be and still be dedicated?
Once again, dedication is a commitment that the parents are making. We encourage parents to dedicate their children as early as possible. However, we would still recommend dedicating children up through elementary school age if it hasn’t been done previously.
3. What Scriptures will help me understand this event?
Luke 2:22 records Jesus’ parents dedicating Him to the Lord in keeping the Old Testament law. In 1 Samuel 1:27 & 28, Samuel’s mother Hannah, rejoiced that he was a gift from the Lord and dedicated him to serve the Lord. Also, in Deuteronomy 6:4-9, the people of God are commanded to love God with all their hearts, to follow His commands and to teach these things to their children.
4. Why don’t we baptize infants?
Although the Scriptures do record children being dedicated to the Lord, there is no record of an infant ever being baptized. At Island Christian Church we practice Believers’ Baptism. This is done after an individual understands sin and its consequences and places their faith in Jesus’ payment for those sins and their salvation. Believers’ baptism is a public testimony of one’s faith in Jesus and acceptance of His Lordship.
Have other questions? Please contact us! We would love to hear from you!