The Parent/Baby Dedication is a special opportunity for Christian parents to publicly dedicate themselves to raise their children according to Scripture, and offer their children to the loving care and keeping of the Lord.
The practice of this dedication is found in the Bible when Hannah presents Samuel to the Lord (1 Samuel 1:28) andwhen Joseph and Mary present Jesus at the temple (Luke 2:22).
The numerous Scripture references concerning parenting help us to realize its importance to God. From the very beginning of the family, He established the best plans for children and their parents, and He shares them in His Word, the Bible.
For example, God commands parents to love Him and His commands, and then teach these to their children so that they may also have a relationship with the Lord:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Deuteronomy 6:5-9, NKJV
And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:15, NKJV
And you, fathers do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4, NKJV
…[We will tell} the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done…that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments…
Psalm 78:4 & 7, NKJV
Church Involvement In the Parent/Baby Dedication service
The Parent/Baby dedication is also a time in which the church congregation commits to help support the parents in the nurturing and spiritual training of their child.
The church body desires to minister to the needs of families
by building relationships and serving them with enthusiasm.
God commands the church body to minister to each member as well:
…But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.~1 Corinthians 12:24-26, NKJV
Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.~Philippians 2:4, NKJV
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.~1 Peter 3:8, NKJV
The Parent/Baby dedication is a time of prayer. The parents, pastor and congregation pray that the parents will raise their children to follow the Lord, and that each child will someday accept Jesus Christ as his or her personal Savior and Lord.
God also calls parents to pray for their children continually:
I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. ~Ephesians 1:16-17, NKJV
Pray without ceasing. ~1 Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV
…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. ~James 5:16b, NKJV
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the recommended age for Parent/Baby dedication?
Under two years of age.
Is the Parent/Baby dedication the same as baby christening or infant baptism?
No, the following statements lead us to what the New Testament teaches regarding baptism. All believers should make sure that their baptism supports these great truths. The Bible teaches that the proper motivation for baptism is an outward expression of an inward trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to save. Baptism by immersion is a symbol of what happened to a believer. It illustrates the death and burial of old life, and resurrection to newness of life. Therefore, baptism does not take place until the individual is old enough to publicly express their faith in Christ. Anyone baptized before they were saved or in order to be saved has not had New Testament baptism. Matthew 28:19-20 commands baptism. Romans 6 illustrates baptism.
Do I have to be a member of First Baptist Snellville to have my child dedicated?
Yes, at least one of the parents needs to be a member of First Baptist Snellville. When the parent is part of the church body, the congregation can commit to support the parents to spiritually train the child.
What if I am a single parent?
We would need to discuss the circumstances before setting up the dedication. In most instances, there is no problem with the dedication taking place.
Can we take pictures or video tape the dedication?
Yes, you can allow friends or other family members to do this for you.
Will there be reserved seating for our extended family?
No, please have them arrive early.
What should our baby wear?
Casual or Sunday best.
How do I sign up for Parent/Baby Dedication?
Call the Preschool Office at 770-978-5750 to find out the next scheduled Parent/Baby dedication and to register your baby. A slide show of the babies participating in the dedication will be shown during the service. The Preschool Office will need a picture of your baby for the slide show and a brief paragraph about your baby and your desire to dedicate him/her. (This information must be approved in advance.)
Will I receive any kind of certificate or paperwork?
Yes, you will receive a packet with the following:
A letter to the parents from the Pastor, a letter to your child from the Pastor (not to be opened until he/she has received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior)
A typed Parent/Baby dedication certificate signed by the Pastor showing child’s full name and date of dedication
A baby Bible
We also print a flyer of the paragraphs written by all the parents participating in the dedication service with the children’s pictures. These will be available for you to have extra copies for your scrapbook and for family and friends.