We are happy you are considering dedicating your child at Grand Parkway Baptist Church. Our hope in this baby dedication process is to not only create a meaningful experience on a Sunday morning, but also to help you develop the plans and prayers for God to work in their lives.
The first step is to watch the introduction video on this page and fill out the baby dedication form here.
Next you will receive an email from us that will provide the links you need to watch the 3 video sessions and complete the short assignments.
After you have watched each sessions and completed the corresponding assignments, you will fill out an on-line form. Once we receive your form, you will be notified to schedule a time for a parent interview.
The scriptural root of a child dedication is found in 1 Samuel 1:27–28, where a godly woman named Hannah prayed year after year for God to give her a child. He answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words:
“For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.”
In Luke chapter 2 of the New Testament, following the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph took the infant, Jesus, to the temple and dedicated Him.
In both Scripture passages, the parents entrusted their child completely to God.
The writings of Moses found in Deuteronomy 6:5-9 describe God’s plan for how a parent should raise up a child:
“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. 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.”
One key step in marking your desire to nurture your child in the ways of God is to dedicate him or her to God publicly, through a child dedication ceremony.
No. Dedication is a time set aside to bless and pray for a child. It’s a time to dedicate ourselves to playing our roles in raising them to know Jesus. Then we believe that as they grow up it is God who calls them and opens their hearts to receive the message of salvation available through Jesus Christ.
We believe that church membership displays a commitment to being a part of Grand Parkway Baptist Church. This commitment is important in allowing us to support you in your journey of parenting. Also, involvement is often a sign that someone is active in living out faith in Jesus. This same type of faith is what parents are dedicating to raise their child with. If you have questions about this, we would be happy to talk with you in greater detail.
We prepare parents ahead of time to come out on stage with their child. Our Preschool Ministry Director will introduce parents and their children to those in attendance. You will be asked by one of our pastors to affirm your commitment to helping your child grow to know Jesus, and to letting us support you in this responsibility. Then the pastor will speak and pray words of blessings over you and your child.