Parent Child Dedication FAQ
What is Parent/Child Dedication?
Parent/Child Dedication is a time we set apart in a worship gathering to celebrate God’s goodness to our church as He continues to allow us to steward our children. This time is a parents’ commitment to God, each other, their entire family, and the church, to raise their children to know about Jesus and His gospel.
What Parent/Child Dedication is not:
It is not salvation, church membership, or any other spiritual decision made by the child. This is called “parent/child” and not “baby” dedication to put the focus on the parent’s commitment to dedicate their abilities to steward their children in the gospel.
The Metro’s commitment to families:
The Metro commits to pray for these parents and their children. Hell is hot and forever is a long time. Since that is true, we want to take seriously our role as a family of believers to do our best to help other moms and dads. We can not guarantee salvation (as parents or as a church), but our commitment as a church is to put God’s grace on display and reinforce biblical, gospel-centered families.
Where do we get this from in the Bible?
A perfect example of “dedicating” a child to the Lord is given to us in I Samuel 1:11, 26-28. Hannah, being barren (or without child) for many years, was weeping before the Lord because of her condition. As she was weeping, she made a vow to God, saying, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head…And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.”
Immediately after the dedication time you will be able to take them into their Little Metro classrooms.