At Grace, we desire to partner with parents as they raise their children in the Lord. We choose to dedicate the parents and child to the Lord and His leading for their lives. Instead of baptizing a young child, we wait and allow that decision to be made by the child when they are older and understand the decision.
As parents, you begin by publicly acknowledging your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As you present your child to God in the presence of the pastor and congregation, you are recognizing that he or she belongs to God and has been born to experience His love and to serve Him. You are committing, as Christian parents, to teach the truths of God's Word in your home and participate in regular worship with your children. You are also committing to be a Christ-like example and seek to lead your children to a personal faith in Christ as soon as they are ready.
Baby Dedications generally occur after the worship portion of our service. The pastor will ask if you are making the commitment to raise their child under the direction and authority of the Lord and His word. At that time you are to respond accordingly. We will also ask the church body if they will respond and support the family in doing all they can to support the parents' ability to do so. We pray over each child and family. After you are escorted off the platform, you may take your child to the nursery and return to the service. Your child will be presented with a children's Bible as well.