Child Dedication

CHILD DEDICATION

Are you interested in dedicating your child to the Lord. The purpose of Child dedication is for parents to present their child before God and the church, committing to seek after His grace and wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities.

We believe Psalm 127:3, which says “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” Child Dedication is  a time for you, as parents, to commit to model what following Jesus looks like and to raise your children to understand that they are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, to believe that the Bible is absolute Truth, and to know the importance of committing to a community of faith through the local church.

PARENT COMMITMENTS

During the dedication service, parents promise before God, their family, and the church to raise their child in a God-honoring way. Because parents are the key role models for their children, we ask that they commit to the following before dedicating their child:

Parent(s) have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Parent(s) are regular attenders of Rise Church and are following Christ in their own life.
Parent(s) agree with our church’s beliefs and values, which can be found here.
Parent(s) commit to modeling personal purity and to lead by example in matters of faith and conduct. That means living a life of sexual purity according to God's standards.
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QUESTIONS

Do I need to call Rise Church my home church to dedicate my child?

We do ask that families call Rise Church home, because 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. As your church family, we are here to partner with you as the body of Christ and support you as a family unit.

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 follower of Jesus Christ.  

Is Dedication the same as Baptism?

Rise Church believes baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Jesus alone for their salvation, once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means.

Dedication does it impart grace or 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 him and his work on the cross.

Rather than baptizing infants or children, we encourage a dedication ceremony, where parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.

What should I expect for Child Dedication?

Child Dedication takes place during our normal Sunday Service.  Our entire service lasts about an hour. During the Child Dedication portion of the service, parent(s) present their child on stage and publicly commit to help their child grow in their faith and to raise them in a home centered on Jesus. Our team welcomes the child and parent(s), prays over each family, and presents a Bible to each child.

When is Child Dedication?

Child Dedication typically takes place on Mothers Day but we can schedule a child dedication at any point in the year.. We encourage you to invite friends and family to attend, so that they can join you in praying and celebrating this special time with you.

If you are interested in participating in baby dedication, please fill out this form.