As a child, Jesus was brought by Joseph and Mary to the house of the Lord. This was an act of dedication and recognition that He really belonged to God. People brought children to Jesus throughout His ministry. He placed His hands on each of them and blessed them. As Christians, we recognize that everything we have belongs to God. Our children belong to Him as well.
Dedication is not the salvation of a child but a public expression of the fact he or she belongs to Christ. This ‘setting apart’ is an act by the parents, a prayerful declaration of their stewardship over God’s child. The parents are seeking to do everything that is in their power, as God gives them wisdom, to see that their child grows up to respect and honor God and to love and serve Jesus Christ.
We know that this dedication will not bring your child into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, this is a serious commitment being made by you as parents to raise your children in such a way that when God calls they will be prepared to hear and respond.
We recognize that families wishing to have their child dedicated are often looking for a pastoral or priestly blessing upon the child. Family Dedication is a ‘dedication’ of the child by the parents to Christ. Our longing and desire is that today’s parents will properly prioritize their lives in such a way as to grow godly children. That is the passion of our preschool ministry. We, as a church body, want to learn to live life skillfully together and grow strong godly families.
At the dedication service, Pastor Goforth will ask for your, the parent’s, commitment to the process of growing godly children. Pastor Goforth will ask the congregation for their support (as the family of God) in praying for and encouraging you and your children