what is child dedication?

Here at Peoples Church, we believe that children are a gift from God and as parents/guardians, the stewardship of that gift carries great joy and responsibility. God’s central role in the lives of parents and children is essential to growing and establishing a healthy and wholistic home. “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

Some of the responsibilities the Lord has entrusted to parents include:

Continuously praying for their children (Deuteronomy 6:4-9); 

Instructing them in the way of the Lord (Proverbs 22:6); 

Setting a godly example (Deuteronomy 11:19); 

And disciplining them as the Lord would discipline us (Proverbs 29:15, 17; 13:24). 

As parents, you are only able to do these things through Christ’s strength (Philippians 4:13).

what child dedication is not:

This is not the day of salvation for your child. Salvation is the free gift of God, received when someone recognizes their need for Christ and makes the conscious decision to enter into a relationship with God. Not only is it not salvation, it isn’t baptism either. Baptism is the public profession of faith as described above. Once a child is old enough to make a decision to accept Christ as their personal Savior, then they can make the choice to be baptized.

how do we celebrate child dedication?

Because we believe that encouragement, accountability, and support for families happen best in the context of true community and lasting relationship, Peoples seeks to foster child dedications within the relational circles of each family in our fellowship. While we do dedications on Mother's Day during services, this intentional push for fellowship within the church offers both the parent(s) and their community the opportunity to unify around a commitment

to pray for, support, and encourage the family in the journey of raising Godly children. 

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