What is Baby/Child Dedication?
Baby and child dedication is the time when parents give back to God the gift he has given them in their child/children. It is an act of worship, thanksgiving, dependence, trust, and commitment. The practice of child dedication has been modeled throughout the Bible. The Israelites brought their 8-day-old children to the priest for blessing. Hannah (I Samuel 1:24-28) brought her long-awaited son Samuel to the priest Eli to dedicate him to the Lord. Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple for his dedication. We recognize that salvation only comes to a child through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is not passed on to a child through dedication. Parents, in a baby/child dedication, commit to raise their children by modeling Godly principles with the desire that, one day, their children will receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
Is dedication the same as infant baptism or christening?
Dedication is different from infant baptism or christening. While these rites are significant for a variety of faiths, it is the practice of Whyte Ridge Baptist to dedicate babies and children. We believe all infants are destined for heaven should they die before they are old enough to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We also believe the Bible teaches that baptism should take place after a person has made a personal choice to follow Jesus Christ.
When & Where is Baby & Child Dedication?
Dedications are scheduled periodically throughout the year during the Sunday morning worship service. If you wish to dedicate your child, please contact the church office: 204-489-3875 or by email.
As a single parent, can I dedicate my child?
Do I have to be a member of Whyte Ridge Baptist to have my child dedicated?
No, participants do not need to be members. We only ask that you regularly attend Whyte Ridge with a desire to raise your child up in a Godly, Christ centered home.