We are glad you are interested in learning more about child dedication at Downtown Cornerstone Church! As a church, we do not baptize children. Instead, we offer an opportunity for parents to publicly dedicate themselves to the noble task of parenting for the glory of God, as they dedicate their children to the Lord before the church and for the church members to publicly commit to supporting the families.
The next opportunity to dedicate your child is on Sunday, November 12th. Registration deadline: one week prior, on November 5th. The registration form is located below.
Note: In order to accommodate everyone on stage, we ask that only the child(ren) being dedicated be present on the stage along with the parents.
Though not directly commanded in the Scripture, our practice of child dedication is based on scriptural precedent, rooted in the Old Testament, in which Jesus was presented to the Lord in the Temple as an infant (Luke 2:22-35).
It is also based on and acknowledges God’s blessing upon and concern and care for children (Isaiah 54:13; Matt. 18:1-5, 10; 19:13-15; Luke 18:15-17; Acts 2:39; 1 John 2:12-13).
It is you, parents, who are doing the dedicating. It is a commitment you make in your heart before Jesus and agree together to live out in your home. The dedication we perform during the church service is simply a public acknowledgment of that commitment.
Your church leadership and community (elders, deacons, and members) commits to support and equip you by the grace of God to fulfill your responsibility, and likewise to be good examples for your children.
Baptism: In order to avoid any confusion, it is important to note that dedicating your child is not a “dry” baptism nor a substitute for baptism. As a church, we recognize believer’s baptism (i.e. baptism following the placing of your faith in Jesus) as the biblical model of baptism. For more information go here.
Magic: This likely goes without saying, but it too needs to be said. The practice of dedicating your child is not magic, nor a formula by which to manipulate God, nor does it place any kind of extra-special blessing or protection upon your child, nor does it secure or ensure their immediate or eventual salvation.
Because we believe that child dedication is primarily parents’ publicly dedicating themselves to raise their children in the nurture and love of the Lord, these three things should be true of you:You should be a committed Christian. You should have reached a point of believing the Good News – that God invites you to be part of His kingdom, family and mission in this world. You have confidence that Jesus lived and died to pay for your sins and rose from death to give you a new life, that God loves you, and that you can have a growing relationship with God as a free gift of grace. You shouldn’t just be a Christian in name – but rather, a Christian from the heart, with a sincere personal, committed faith. (If you aren’t sure how to become a committed Christian, please speak with a leader in the church – any of us would be glad to help you take this important step.) You should be engaged in the church – either as a committed member or in the membership process. Child dedication is a familial, relational act. You should take seriously your responsibility to raise your children with a strong spiritual foundation (as stated above). There are two beautiful passages that describe this type of parenting, one from the Old Testament, and one from the New Testament:
We generally have child dedications as a part of our regular services. You will be asked to join a group of others who are dedicating their child and to walk on to the stage. The pastor will make some introductory comments for the congregation on what a child dedication is and is not. During the dedication, we will ask you to introduce your child by name and then read a short section of Scripture over them.
The pastor will then ask the group the following questions, and ask you to respond with “With God’s help, I/we will”. The response emphasizes the fact that it is by God’s grace alone that will we be able to be and become the parents He aims for us to be. The questions we’ll ask of you are:
The pastor will then ask church members to respond to a similar set of questions, committing to help, pray, and serve you in your task of parenting.
A couple of additional notes: