Throughout the Bible (Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Ephesians 6:4) God makes it clear that he intends family to have a defining impact in the spiritual growth of a child, and that parents are in a unique position to effectively disciple their children to know Jesus and live for him throughout their life. This is a massive responsibility and great privilege, but God does not intend that parents do it alone. The local church is designed to function as a community of people who support each other spiritually and practically (Romans 12:3-8, Titus 2:2-5). Child dedication is an event that brings these two influential elements together. Parents bring their child before the church body and make a covenant with God to raise their child to know and love Jesus. The church community recognizes this commitment, prays for the child and the parents, and commits to supporting them in the future.
If you are a part of Westside Church and you would like to dedicate your child, here is what you need to know:
- We ask that you first take Biblical Parenting 101 which is a class looking at the God’s purpose and plan for Christian Families. Our intention is that after taking this class you will have a good idea of what it means for have biblical goals for your family along with some practical ideas on how to achieve them. You can find out when the next class is HERE
- At the class you will receive an application form to dedicate you child. Included within the form is the parental covenant, which includes the statements you are making as a parent in the act of dedication. They are as follows:
1) We recognize that our child is a gift from God and understand that they have been entrusted to our care by our Heavenly Father.
2) We commit ourselves to providing for the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of our child.
3) We commit ourselves to bringing up our child in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Making every reasonable effort, with patience and love, to build the Word of God, the character of Christ and the joy of the Lord into their lives.
4) We commit ourselves to making every reasonable effort to bring our child to church so that they will learn what it means to be part of the family of God and be provided with ongoing instruction and encouragement.
5) We now dedicate our child to the Lord in the hope that they will belong fully to Jesus Christ.
- Once you have filled out the form you can either email it to the church office or drop it off at the Connect Centre on Sunday morning.
- On the form you will be asked to indicate which date you would like to dedicate your child. Please note that we make room in the gathering times on the first Sunday of every month for child dedication. Unfortunately special requests for other dates are not possible given the limited time available in each gathering.
If you have questions about any aspect of child dedication please contact James Bonney. firstname.lastname@example.org