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. There will be a specific time in the Worship Service when parents make a public commitment before the congregation and then the people of Harvest Life Church commit to support these parents as they raise their children to know, love, and follow Jesus Christ.
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. Yet, she experienced disappointment after disappointment, and 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 arms. We want to embrace you and the challenge that lies ahead, praying for you and encouraging you as you look forward to all God will do through the life of your child.
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.
A dedication service is as much for the parent as for the child. Following the statement of Hannah’s grateful expression of praise to God, the Bible says Hannah and Elkanah worshiped the Lord in the temple. They gave public witness to their commitment to honor God’s plan for their child and serve as partners in the task of honoring God in their home.
God has given you a gift! But this gift is also a responsibility and a challenge, encouraging your dependence upon Him day by day. A child can bring you to your knees like nothing else in life. You may be thinking, I do not know if I understand what God expects of me or if I can do all He would require. In His wisdom and love, God provides a path.
• You are to love God and pursue your relationship with Him on a daily basis.
• You are to honor God by obeying His word in your life.
• You are to teach your child to love and reverence God.
• You are to provide spiritual and moral training for your child according to God’s Holy Word.
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.
Let’s get back to the questions: What does God expect? What does God require? He desires simply that you develop a relationship with Him so your child can see, understand, and embrace a relationship with Him. It involves all of life and encompasses the daily journey of parenting. The role of mom or dad is intended to be a partnership with God in nurturing and shaping the life of your child.
Being a parent is a challenge. Some parents have said, We spend the first two years teaching our children to walk and talk, and the next 18 years to sit down and be quiet! However, parenting is rewarding both in this life and in the life to come.
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.
Our commitment to children and student ministries provides opportunities for spiritual and emotional growth. Through biblical preaching, adult Bible Fellowship groups and a variety of family-focused events, we are also creating an atmosphere of spiritual growth in your life as a parent. We want to encourage your journey with your child, and have given much attention to developing ministries for this purpose.
While no church is perfect in all it provides for parents and children, the commitment of our community is to do all we can for Christ today and for the generations to come.
THE DAY OF PARENT/CHILD DEDICATION CHECK-IN
We ask that you arrive at 11:00 am to register your child for the dedication. This is an important step – during the dedication, we will only call the names of children whose parents have checked in. After you check in, you may choose a seat in the area of the sanctuary reserved for the immediate family of the participants. Friends and family are welcome to attend and may be seated in the other areas of the sanctuary.
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.