It is an exciting time whenever a new child enters the family! Union Baptist Church is happy to assist parents with the dedication of their new babies to the Lord. We believe and promote the Christian upbringing of children and we stress Proverbs 22:6 --
"...training them in the way they should go."
Along with your child's dedication ceremony, you will also be presented with a Certificate of Dedication and a small Children's New Testament and Psalms Bible.
Dedicating a child acknowledges God's sovereignty over the child and also over the parents. Parents present their child before God and His people asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities. Parents must also pray that their child might one day accept Jesus Christ as Savior for the forgiveness of sin.
Before the actual ceremony, it is crucial that pastors counsel parents about the meaning of dedication. The best passage for discussion is Deuteronomy 6:4-7. First, it commands parents to love God; if they truly wish for their child to one day love and follow God, their lives must be an example. This is a good time to query parents about their own personal relationship with Christ.
Second, Deuteronomy makes clear that the duty of teaching children belongs to parents; Sunday schools can provide weekly instruction, but parents must seize the teachable moments that arise throughout life. Explain the value of prayer (for example, repetitious prayers like "Now I lay me down to sleep . . .") at meal times and before bed. Urge them to read aloud Bible stories for devotions. Give them practical ideas they can implement into their daily family routines.