At Redemption St. Thomas we encourage parents to publicly dedicate their children to the Lord.
WHAT IS CHILD DEDICATION?
While Child Dedication is not a Biblical command, we believe it helps encourage parents to:
Acknowledge their child as a gift from God. (Psalm 127:3-5)
Publicly declare their intention to raise their child in a home that will cultivate Christlikeness to give their child an opportunity to know God through a personal relationship with Christ. (Deuteronomy 6:2, Ephesians 6:4)
Affirm their total dependence upon the Lord. (John 15:5)
Ask family, friends and the church community to prayerfully support and hold them accountable to these commitments. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
WHAT CHILD DEDICATION IS NOT
Child dedication will not save your child. Salvation is the free gift of grace given to a person once they have acknowledged their sin before a holy God and by faith have trusted in Christ alone as their substitute for the payment and forgiveness of their sins. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Act 4:12)
Child dedication is not baptism for your child. Baptism is the public profession of faith that a Christian makes after they have repented and believed in the Gospel message. Once a child is old enough to understand their sin and their need for Christ, then he or she can make a choice to be baptized. (Colossians 2:11-13)
WHEN DO DEDICATIONS TAKE PLACE?
We conduct child dedications during our Sunday services at various times throughout the ministry year. If you are looking to dedicate your child, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and we will provide details on when dedications will be happening next.