Parent/Child Dedication Class
Completion of this class is required for parents desiring to participate in the dedication. The next class is on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Contact Randi Soderstrom at
763-536-3240 to register for the class.
Is Child Dedication Scriptural?
Public child dedication to God is scripturally based on Hannah’s dedication of Samuel (1 Samuel 1:19-28) and Mary and Joseph’s dedication of Jesus (Luke 2:21-22). It is a holy time of heart commitment by parents who desire to offer their children as living sacrifices to the Lord for his use and glory.
Dedication is also a statement by the parents of their personal relationship with the Lord and their desire that his Word is loved, honored and obeyed. It is inconsistent for a parent to offer their child to the Lord if they have not first offered their own life to Christ.
Child dedication is not baptism. New Hope Church believes public water baptism is to be reserved as an outward sign for those who have inwardly chosen to be cleansed from sin by confession and faith in Christ. Dedication does not provide salvation for a child. Child dedication is simply a private and public act by parents to signify they will raise their child in a righteous and godly environment involving both the home and faithful commitment to the Church, the Body of Christ.
Parents, therefore, should set an example by maintaining faithful prayer, church attendance and commitment to New Hope Church before and after dedication. Church leadership, under the authority of the Board of Elders, is responsible for final decisions regarding child dedication.