At Word of Faith Christian Centre we practice Child Dedication, a ceremony during which believing parents, and sometimes entire families, make a commitment before the Lord to submit a child to God’s will and to raise that child according to God’s Word. During the ceremony, the Pastors and Connect Leaders in our church pray for each child and his/her parents.
Responsibilities Involved in Baby Dedication
Christian parents who dedicate a child are making a promise to the Lord to do everything within their power to raise their child in a godly way, prayerfully, until he or she can make a decision on his or her own to follow God. Parents who make this vow are instructed that some of their responsibilities include teaching and training the child in God’s Word, demonstrating an example of godliness, disciplining their child according to God’s ways, and praying earnestly for their child.
An Example of Baby Dedication in Scripture:
And she (Hannah) made a vow, saying, “O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” 1 Samuel 1:11 (NIV)
When God answered Hannah’s prayer by giving her a son, she remembered her vow:
“As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there. 1 Samuel 1:26-28 (NIV)
For more information on Baby Dedication or if you wish you dedicate your baby, contact the church office on 041 399 4400.