Parent-Child Dedication is an opportunity for parents to formally commit to raising their child in a Godly manner. The ultimate goal as parents is for our kids to become captivated by and in a relationship with Jesus Christ. During this service, parents will agree to a series of commitments that they receive ahead of time to pray through. Parent-Child Dedication is truly a celebration of the wonderful gift God has given each family.
Our Next Parent-Child Dedication is May, 2019
If you are registering to dedicate your child, please read the FAQs and listen to the following TWO “Parent Talks”. The two talks are not very long. You will hear from Associate Pastor Terry Feil and Children’s Ministry Director Michell Witman about how Riverbluff Church desires to come alongside of you and partner with you in this journey called “Parenting.”
Parent Child dedication is a public commitment you make before God, your church, and your family. It means you, as parents, are partnering with God as you raise your children. The dedication service provides you, the parent, with an opportunity to publicly express your desire to lead and spiritually nurture your child in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, so your child will develop a desire to love God and love others. The commitments made are more about you as a parent than they are about your child.
No. But we encourage you as parents to make sure you are calling Riverbluff your home church. Why? In dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you are willing to partner with God and the church to raise your child in cooperation with God’s intentions. To partner with any church, a parent would be wise to decide if he or she agrees with its beliefs and vision, so they can be “all-in” in their partnership with the church.
While Riverbluff does not have a set age requirement for child dedication, the average age for a child to be dedicated is four months to 1 year old. However, some parents participate with older children than that often for the following reasons:
The parent(s) are new believers in Christ and their children were not dedicated when they were infants.
The parent(s) are having a younger child dedicated and want to have their older child dedicated at the same time.
Yes! Parent Child dedication signifies the commitment of parents (including single parents!) to do their best to raise their child to be a follower of Christ. As a church, we are committed to supporting single parents in providing a Christian foundation for your child’s upbringing.
No. Riverbluff Church believes Baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation, once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means. Rather than baptizing infants, Riverbluff encourages Christian parents to dedicate their children. This is a ceremony in which parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.
Scripture provides evidence that Baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48). This is our Public Profession of Faith that follows salvation. We do baptize older children who recognize their need to repent of sin and trust Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. Parent Child Dedication is not a sacrament; nor does it impart grace or salvation to a child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their need to receive forgiveness and eternal life through Christ and His work on the cross.