1) What is the Biblical purpose and history of Child
The scriptural root of a child dedication is found in 1 Samuel 1:27–28 (NASB),
where a godly woman named Hannah prayed year after year for God to give her a
child. He answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, whom she named
Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words:
“For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has
given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the
Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.”
In Luke chapter 2 of the New Testament, following the birth of Jesus, Mary and
Joseph took the infant Jesus to the temple and dedicated Him.
In both Scripture passages, the parents entrusted their child completely to
The writings of Moses found in Deuteronomy 6:5–9 describe
God’s plan for how a parent should raise up a child:
“Love the Lord your God with all your
heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments
that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your
children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the
road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands
and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses
and on your gates.”
One key step in marking your desire to nurture your child in the ways of God is
to dedicate him or her to God publically, through a child dedication ceremony.
2) Do I Need to be a Member/Partner to have my Child
You do not need to be a Member/Partner of New Chapel to have
your child dedicated in our service. We do encourage parents to make sure they
are calling New Chapel their home church. Why? 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. To partner with
any church, a parent would be wise to decide if he or she agrees with its
beliefs and vision, so they can be all-in in their partnership with the church.
When you choose to become a member at New Chapel, you are stating that you
agree with our statement of beliefs and values, and that you want New Chapel to
be your home church.
To have your child
dedicated at New Chapel:
- We ask
parents to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- We ask
parents to be sure their beliefs line up with New Chapel’s statement of
- We ask
parents to be regular attenders of New Chapel’s weekend services
- We ask
parents who are living together and who are not married to take steps to
acknowledge and surrender to God’s plan for their relationship as they
prepare to participate in a child dedication service
We are open to having conversations with you on any of the
above statements. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
3) What can I expect during a Child Dedication service?
During the dedication service, parents agree before God,
their family, and the church, affirming their desire to raise their child in a
God-honoring way. Because parents are the key role models for their children,
they play a primary role in the dedication service. Parents will be asked to
arrive before their scheduled service to provided with final instruction:
are able to reserve seating in the service for their family to take
will meet our Pastor on the stage as our children’s ministry coordinator
introduces the child’s name to the congregation
encourage family members and friends to take the opportunity and capture
pictures while your family is on stage
Joe will then pray over the child and family
- As the
family is dismissed from the stage, a certificate and children’s bible
will be presented by our New Chapel Kids department as a gift
4) What am I committing to when I dedicate my Child to
- Do you
receive this child with gratitude, as God’s gift to you and your family?
- Do you
commit to each other as parents, creating a stable environment in which
your child can mature? Will you make a covenant to strengthen your
- Do you
commit to be parents of personal faith, recognizing your children are more
likely to follow God’s path by the model they first observe in you?
- Do you
commit to lead a faith-filled home that honors God in all your
relationships and in the choices you make in spiritually growing your
- Do you
commit to be parents with patience, recognizing that with your inherent
strengths and weaknesses, your desire to shape your child is a loving act
that will require time, prayer, and God in order to produce in your
children what He and you hope for?
5) Does New Chapel baptize infants?
Scripture provides evidence that Baptism follows an
individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48). And the New
Testament records the baptisms of adult believers only. In the Bible, we find
parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them, prayed for them, and
told us to welcome them. But He did not baptize them and He did not tell anyone
else to baptize them. New Chapel believes Baptism is for those who have made a
personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation, once they have the
maturity and ability to understand what that means.
Child 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
Christ and His work on the cross.
Rather than baptizing infants or children, New Chapel encourages parents to
dedicate their children. This is a ceremony in which parents formally call upon
God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in
accordance with Scripture.
6) At what age can a Child take part in a Child
New Chapel does not have a set age requirement for child
dedication. We believe it is never too late to gather your family and focus
your faith together for growth. If you are new to serving the Lord, now is as
good a time as any take this moment.
7) Can a single parent participate in a Child Dedication
Absolutely! Child dedication signifies the
commitment of parents (including single parents) to do their best to raise
their child to be a follower of Christ. Additionally, we highly encourage
single parents to dedicate their child as they commit themselves to raise him
or her without the presence or partnership of a spouse. The decision to
dedicate a child is not dependent upon the beliefs of the ex-spouse; however we
encourage single parents to discuss child dedication with their ex-spouse.
Ideally, both parents—even if not married—would still commit to the dedication
of their child to God. We acknowledge that this is often not possible, and that
it takes extra effort for a single parent to raise a child. As a church, New
Chapel is committed to supporting single parents in providing a Christian
foundation for their child’s upbringing.