“Let the little children come…” Mark 14:10
Jesus Christ’s Example:
As a little child, Jesus was taken by Joseph and Mary to the temple, the house of God, to be presented to the Lord. Many times during Jesus’ ministry, parents brought their children to Jesus and He placed His hands on them, and blessed them. Everything we have belongs to God. Our children are a precious gift from God. Baby dedication is not baptism, and does not represent a child’s salvation, but is a prayerful recognition of the fact that each child belongs to God.
What is a Baby/Child dedication?
It’s a special time for parents to:
* thank God for the precious gift of their child.
* commit themselves to maintain a Christian home, where Christ is honored and is the center of their daily lives.
* pledge that in life, in love, and in prayer you will lead your child toward that age in his life when he will, of his own free will, confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
What age should my child be?
Baby/Child Dedication is geared for children birth to 2 years. Any age is welcome.
Why is this different than baptism?
At CCoF we believe that baptism is meant for a person who makes a personal decision to accept Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior and is old enough to confess Him publicly and understand God’s plan for salvation.
What if I am a single parent?
Single parents who are currently living a Christ-like life are welcome to dedicate their child to the Lord. We believe that unmarried parents who are living together are not honoring Christ and will be advised to wait until they are married to dedicate their child.
Do I have to be a member of CCoF?
You do not have to be a member of CCoF, however, Baby/Child Dedication is open to parents who can truthfully say, “I will commit myself to raising this child to know Jesus Christ by loving, disciplining, training, and setting a positive Christ-like example.
We encourage parents to present their children to the Lord at one of our weekend worship services.