WHAT IS CHILD DEDICATION?
Child Dedication is a public sign that you are seeking to bring your child up in the ways of Christ, set them apart, and present them to God.
The faith community plays a supportive role in this process by standing with those parents to support, encourage, and help in the process.
WHAT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY AS A PARENT?
“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3
Understanding that our children are not ours, but have been entrusted to us from God helps us understand the responsibility we have to take care of them.
It starts with us.
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 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.” Deuteronomy 6:5-8 (NIV)
“Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got! Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night.” Deuteronomy 6:5-8 (MSG)
WHAT TO EXPECT THE DAY OF CHILD DEDICATIONS.
*This is the vow you will agree to on the day of the child dedication.
Your presence here indicates your desire to dedicate your child to Jesus Christ.
Will you teach your child the truths of scripture?
Will you model, both in word and in action, God’s love for your child?
Will you consistently seek to provide a safe and God honoring marriage and family environment for your child?
Will you commit to pray daily for God’s direction in your lives and in the life of your child?
And will you encourage your child toward an obedient and joyful relationship with Jesus Christ?
Is so, say “We will.”
PRAYER OF DEDICATION & BLESSING
As a parent you will have the unique opportunity to choose a life verse and and to pray a prayer of blessing over your child. Use this as a sacred moment to ask for God’s favor by speaking truth over them and into their life. Please take the time to prepare this prayer/blessing beforehand.
:: Example :: Based on Ephesians 5:14-21 ::
(Child’s name), your mother and father love you.
I pray that now and over the course of your life God’s glorious riches may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. That you (child’s name) will be rooted and established in love, that you may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for you, and that you would grow to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge and that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
We love you so much. Amen.
SIGN UP FOR CHILD DEDICATIONS BELOW.
*Please submit one form for each child if you are dedicating more than one child.
Date(s) - 10/01/2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Franklin Middle School