We know that life is not measured in minutes but rather in moments. Moments can mark us and define us. We believe one of the greatest moments in the life of parents, grandparents, and families is Child Dedication.
At New Purpose Church, just like you, we want your child to know they are a gift from God. We want our entire church family to be able to celebrate with you, commit with you, and to one another the importance of belonging to a church family that cares for one another. Every child deserves to grow up in an environment where they can develop a real relationship with Jesus and become the leader Jesus created them to be.
Common Child Dedication Questions:
Do I need to be a member to dedicate my child?
You do not need to be a member of New Purpose Church to dedicate your child. We do ask that families call New Purpose 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. We encourage single parents to include any important figures in their child’s life to be a part of the dedication. As a church, New Purpose is committed to supporting single parents in providing a Christian foundation for their child’s upbringing.
Is Dedication the same as Baptism?
New Purpose 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 is not a sacrament; nor 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 Parent/Child Dedication?
Parent/Child Dedication is a small part of our service lasting about 15 minutes. During the ceremony, parent(s) 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.