At West Park we believe that children are a gift from God, and we are very excited that you are investigating child dedication. Child dedication is a public commitment that you, the parent(s), make before God, your church, and your family. The dedication service is an opportunity to express your desire to spiritually nurture your child so that one day he or she will develop a desire to love God and love others. There is no “saving grace” attached to this dedication; it is simply a statement of intent and desire.
As believers we are taught to recognize that children belong first to God. One of the greatest biblical examples of a child dedication is found in 1 Samuel 1 where we read that Hannah presented her son Samuel to the Lord. In Luke 2:22 we read that Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem in order to present him before the Lord.
No one will have more influence on your child than you! That is why Deuteronomy 6:4-7 says, “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.”
It is our hope that we can partner with you from the very beginning. We want to be your biggest fans, your strongest supporters, and your trusted guides as you raise your child to know what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As your church family, it is our goal to join you in this dedication and equip you as together we build spiritually healthy homes.
For more information about child dedication, please contact Kimberly Enns (“Mrs. Kimberly”) at (519) 471-7460 x206 or by email. And to express your desire to participate in a future child dedication service, please fill out the application form and return it to the church office.
Our next Child Dedication Service is August 27