Parent-Child Dedication FAQ's
What is a Parent-child dedication?
A Parent-child dedication ceremony is three-fold: 1) the child is prayerfully presented to the Lord in the act of dedication, 2) the parents call upon God’s help for raising their child in anticipation that the child will grow to love and trust the Lord; 3) the congregation commits to assisting and helping the parents in this task whenever and wherever possible.
No. Parent-child dedication is different from the rite of infant baptism or christening. While these rites are practiced in a variety of denominations, rather than baptize infants, we encourage parents to dedicate their children to the Lord, in keeping with a more biblical practice.
While there is no set age requirement, children are generally less than a year old. Many parents, however, dedicate children much older than that, for multiple reasons. The parents may be new believers, and their children were not dedicated when they were infants. Sometimes parents are dedicating an infant, and want to have an older child dedicated at the same time.
No. But we encourage parents to attend the church regularly, because in the act of Parent-child dedication the people of the congregation commit to partner with the parents in supporting and helping them with the task of raising their child in the faith. This partnership is carried out through the personal care, encouragement, and loving teaching provided by the volunteers and leaders through its ministries.
Absolutely! Grace Memorial is committed to helping and supporting single parents provide a Christian foundation for their child’s upbringing. We encourage single parents to discuss child dedication with their ex-spouse. Ideally, both parents would be involved in the dedication of their child to God. But we acknowledge that this is often not possible.
Recognizing the role of extended family, Grace Memorial encourages all extended family members to come forward and stand with the parents for the act of dedication.
Parents and children are welcome to wear whatever makes them feel most comfortable. People at Grace Memorial generally attend in casual dress attire. Keep in mind you will stand in front of the congregation.