We are excited that you are interested in participating in our baby dedication service! 

Because the commitments made during a child dedication are so important, at least one parent must be a member of the church in good standing. 

If you are not yet a member and would like to join the church, please click HERE and enroll in our next 7-week Membership class (held during our Sunday School hour of 9-9:45am). Content covered in this class will be a helpful foundation for your child's dedication. Upon your completion of these foundations steps, we will be glad to assist you in making your child's dedication arrangements. 

Our baby dedication dates for this year will be held September 16, and December 9 during our 10:30am worship service. 

 Click HERE to fill out Baby Dedication application! 
*Paper packets are available at the Connect Desk 


Why a Baby Dedication?
At JICC, we believe that baptism is something done only after a person makes a conscious decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. However, we recognize the importance of making a commitment to raise your child in a Christian manner. A Baby Dedication is a ceremony in 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 and God's way. 

Who can dedicate a baby?
We believe that parents are given the responsibility for raising and nurturing a child throughout their life. Parents will answer to God for how they have impacted the life of their child. Because this authority and responsibility lies with parents, only parents or legal guardians of a child may dedicate a child to the Lord. Children are a gift from God. 
Psalm 127:3  "Yes, sons are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward."

Responsibilities Involved in a Baby Dedication.

Christians parents who dedicate a child are making a promise to the Lord to do everything within their power to raise the child in a Godly way, prayerfully until he or she can make a decision on his or her own to follow Christ. Parents who make this vow of commitment are instructed to raise the child in the ways of God and not according to their own ways. Some of the responsibilities include teaching and training the child in God's Word, demonstrating and example of Godliness, disciplining according to God's ways, and praying earnestly for the child. 

Proverbs 22:6 "Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." 

Deuteronomy 6:4-7 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."

Ephesians 6:4 "Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." 

The best thing Moms and Dads can teach their child is the "Fear of the Lord," for Proverbs 1:7 tells us this is "the beginning of knowledge." In other words, the successful application of all that your child learns in life depends on hi first learning to fear and follow God. 

Examples 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 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 she worshiped the LORD there.  1 Samuel 1:26-28 (NIV). 

In Luke 2:22, we read that Mary and Joseph brought their baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem in order to present him before the Lord. 

What Are You Committing To?
By coming forward before God and His people to dedicate your child, you will be asked by the Pastor to take a few minutes to express your commitment in following God's Word as follows:

Proclaim your commitment to:
1. Serve and Honor Jesus Christ with your lives
2. Model His love to your child
3. Raise your child up according to God's Word and way - So that your child may walk in abundant life that Christ offers, to provide a Christian home of love and peace, to raise your child in truth of our Lord's instruction and discipline, and to encourage your child to one day trust Jesus Christ as his own Savior and Lord
4. Trust God, through fellowship with believers and loved ones, to receive support, help and accountability to God's ways.

Can I have a photographer or family friend take pictures of the ceremony?
A designated photographer can sit on the front row of the church to get pictures of the actual ceremony. If a flash is being used, we ask that the number of pictures be limited to four. The best opportunity to take a family picture will be before or after the service. 

What about "God Parents"? 
In some traditions "God Parents" are designated as those called upon to support the parents in their role and to take the child incase the case of the parent's premature death. Since God Parents are not something specifically required in Scripture, we do not require that you choose any. However, if this is something you prefer, we welcome this family to be part of the service. We encourage them to stand beside you during the ceremony and to surround you during the prayer over the child. If there are any specific things you would like mentioned in the ceremony, these can discussed with the pastor. 

What if I am a single parent? 
We welcome single parents to dedicate their children. This would be a time when we would especially encourage grandparents, close friends, or leaders in the church to stand with a single parents and participate in the ceremony. Details about this can be discussed with the pastor. 

Is my child too old to be dedicated?
Any child at any age can be dedicated to the Lord. 

We look forward to hearing from you and if you have additional questions after readying through this information, please contact Karen at 843-795-9449, or karen@jicc.us.