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Baby Dedication Information

Here are some things you can expect at the dedication service •

Grandparents, relatives and friends are welcome at the service and will be asked to stand to be recognized for the important part they will play in your child’s life.

Pastor Brent would like to meet with you at the front of the sanctuary about 15 minutes before the service begins.

Pictures may be taken during the dedication and are always welcome following the dedications.

Date of Dedication _____________________

Child’s Full Name ______________________

Birth date _____________________________

Bethel Missionary Church

Parent’s Names ________________________

Address ______________________________

Baby Dedications At Bethel Missionary Church

Phone Number ________________________

This information will be used to complete the dedication certificate.

Bethel Missionary Church Phone: 810-387-2652 Fax: 810-387-2652 E-mail:

Baby Dedications Baby Dedication is: 1. A promise by parents to raise their children with the principles of God’s Word.

Dear Parents,

Deuteronomy 6:1-10 These are the commands,

We are excited about the gift of a child that God has brought into your lives. We are thrilled to be a part of your desire to raise up a godly family, and as such we commit to walk with your family in your desire to serve Christ. This brochure has been created to help you understand what Bethel teaches about Baby Dedication. We hope it will be helpful to you.

decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life... 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

God’s blessings, Pastor Brent

Baptism or Dedication? In the Missionary Church, we believe that baptism is an outward step of obedience that a believer makes to symbolize what has happened in their heart. As such, this is a choice that must be made by the individual. Since a baby is not old enough to make that decision, we prefer dedication. Baby dedication is a statement of faith by parents that they are committing their child to the Lord and that they are committing before God and those in witness to raise up their child in such a manner that gives them every opportunity to accept Christ.

God has always entrusted his truths to parents to teach to their children. In a baby dedication we are saying, “Lord, I will raise up my child to understand your ways.”

2. A desire by parents that their child come to know Christ as his/her Savior at the earliest possible age.

Mark 10:13-16 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of

God like a little child will never enter it." And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. As parents, we cannot make decisions for our children, but we can have a wonderful impact on their lives. As we give them opportunities to hear about Christ and to see Christ in our lives, we will have opportunity to share Christ with them.

3. A prayer that God will use my child for his glory.

1 Samuel 1:26-28 "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. The story of Hannah and Samuel is a beautiful truth. As God gave her the gift of a child, she gave her child to the Lord’s service. While every child will not go into full time ministry, dedication is saying, “Lord, please use my child for your glory.”

Baby dedications