Due to COVID-19, we are not conducting Parent/Child Dedications at this time.
God has given you a precious gift! To celebrate and come along beside you, we conduct three Parent/Child Dedications each year.
This is a special celebration for parents to gather with family and friends, making a commitment to raise their child in a Christ-centered home. During the scheduled Worship Service, you will have an opportunity, along with other families, to stand before the church and celebrate the gift of your child.
Following the dedication service, you may visit our Facebook page to like, share, comment on and download pictures of your child.
WHAT IS A PARENT/CHILD DEDICATION?
An Opportunity to Celebrate!
In I Samuel 1, a woman named Hannah yearned for a child. Her greatest desire was to be a mother. She experienced disappointment after disappointment, yet remained childless. She continually cried out to God and, in time, God gave her the gift of a son. When Samuel was born, Hannah said, For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore, I also have given him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be given to the Lord. Understanding that the child born to Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, was a gift from God, Hannah stood before God and offered praise and thanks for His gift in their lives.
The dedication is also a celebration of the gift you have received from God. The church is the best place to celebrate the arrival of babies because it is a gathering place for worship. We want to join you in gratitude and joy as we celebrate God’s gift placed in your care.
Yes, a dedication is a celebration of God’s gift, but there is more…
A Commitment To God’s Plan
A baby dedication is not just about the baby. It is about the entire family. Standing in a church and celebrating the gift of your child is the first step but following Christ and seeking His wisdom in the rearing of your child is the journey. A baby dedication is, in reality, a parent/child dedication.
God has given you a gift! But this gift is also a responsibility and a challenge, encouraging your dependence upon Him day by day. In this service, you are acknowledging your need for God’s wisdom, guidance and strength in parenting. You are affirming the commitment of your heart to follow Christ and obey His Word. You are surrendering yourself to honor God by being a faithful steward of the gift He has entrusted to you. This is a moment when you recognize and embrace the spiritual responsibility of answering to God for the child you hold in your arms.
A Time For Your Church To Support You
God has not left you without instructions for parenting, and He has not left you to do this task alone. When our church comes together for a baby dedication, we are not simply celebrating the gift of a child and the commitment of a parent. We are embracing our responsibility to support families by teaching Gods Word, serving one another in love, training up disciples of Jesus, and pointing others to Christ. We understand the importance of maintaining an atmosphere that inspires faith, challenges growth and provides opportunities for service.
Believing we have been charged with sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the next generation, we enthusiastically affirm you and your child, praying for God to work through us together to make an eternal difference in the life of your child.
THE DAY OF PARENT/CHILD DEDICATION CHECK-IN
WHAT HAPPENS IN A PARENT/CHILD DEDICATION?
Your child will be called to the front of the church for the dedication and your child’s picture will be displayed on the screens. Next, the announcer will call up your family and friends who came to support you in this special occasion. The Pastors will say a special dedication prayer for each child and ask for God’s protection, favor and blessing on their lives. In addition to praying for the children, the Pastors also pray for the parents and other family members.
After the prayer, our photographer will take a photo of the Pastors with your child and family. You are also welcome to take your own photos after that.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How old does my child need to be to take part in the Dedication?
Harvest Life dedicates children from birth to two years old. If you have more than one child they can be dedicated at the same time.
What should my child wear on Parent/Child Dedication day?
We ask that the child(ren) being dedicated wear all white. For parents and family members: At Harvest Life you will see a variety of styles from casual to business, suits, and more.
Can a single parent participate in the dedication ceremony?
Yes! The Parent/Child Dedication signifies the commitment of parents (including single parents) to do their best to raise the child in the ways of the Lord.