Do You Want to Dedicate Your Child?

What is a Child Dedication

SBC believes children are a gift from God, and we are very excited that you are investigating child dedication.

Child dedication is a public commitment you make before God, your church, and your family. The dedication service provides you, the parent(s), an opportunity to express publically your desire to lead and spiritually nurture your child, so your child will develop a desire to have a personal relationship with God.

Child dedication is not commanded in the Bible, as for example, are baptism and communion. It is, though, a tradition that does not conflict with Scripture.

Following are frequently asked questions about child dedication. Take time to review them to find answers to any questions you may have.

Child Dedication FAQs

Do I need to be an SBC member?

If you are wanting to have your child dedicated in a group or public dedication ceremony at SBC you do need to be a member of SBC. Why? In dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you are willing to partner with God and the church to raise your child in cooperation with God’s intentions. It is a declaration of commitment to which the church is asked to hold you accountable. To partner with SBC, you need to decide if you agree with SBC’s beliefs and purpose, so you can be all-in in your partnership with the church.

When you choose to become a member at SBC, you are stating that you agree with SBC’s values and that you want SBC to be your home church. For more information on membership, read “Do You Want to Be a Member?”, or enquire at [email protected]

Can a single parent participate in a Child Dedication Service?

Yes! Child dedication signifies the commitment of parents (including single parents) to do their best to raise their child to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. As a church, SBC is committed to supporting single parents in providing a Christian foundation for their child’s upbringing.

Is child dedication the same as infant baptism or christening?

Scripture provides evidence that Baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48). Thus, SBC believes Baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation, once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means. Dedication is not a sacrament; nor does it impart salvation to a child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their sinfulness and receives forgiveness and eternal life through Christ and His work on the cross.

How do I go about registering for the next Child Dedication Ceremony?

Child Dedication Ceremonies are conducted every three months or so during a regular Sunday service. For dates and details of the next child dedication ceremony, please send an inquiry to [email protected].

To register is as easy as A, B, C

A. Read the book, “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Ted Tripp.

B. Register for the next Child Dedication Class

C. Both parents (whenever possible) attend 2 child dedication classes held about a month apart before the Dedication Ceremony.