At City First Church we believe children are a treasured gift from God, and we are committed to walking alongside parents as they bring up their children. We invite you to take a moment to focus on what matters most, inviting God into your parenting journey. It is our hope that we can partner with you from the very beginning as you raise your child to know what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You can demonstrate this commitment to lead your child into a growing relationship with Jesus by participating in our next Child Dedication Celebration.
Child Dedication Class
To support you in your parenting journey, we’ve designed a helpful Child Dedication Class that is a prerequisite to participating in the Child Dedication.
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What is Child Dedication?
It is an opportunity for the parents to make a public commitment to God, your church, and your family that your desire is to raise and nurture your child in the ways of God. It is our heart to partner with you as your child grows and develops their own personal relationship with God. The dedication ceremony allows you to celebrate this new life that God has entrusted to you and for the church body to stand with you in prayer.
Is Child Dedication different from Water Baptism?
Both water baptism and child dedication are Biblical practices that we follow at City First Church. Child Dedication is a decision the parents make at the very beginning of their new baby’s life. Water baptism is a decision made by the individual as a way to express their personal commitment to Christ. Because this commitment requires a level of cognitive and developmental readiness, we ask that children be at least 12 years old to be baptized. Proverbs 20:25 issues a significant caution against the danger of making a vow before adequate knowledge, forethought, and reflection have been given. In an effort to prevent young people from making a premature commitment they may not fully understand, this minimum age has been established. Special arrangements for families choosing to be baptized together can be made.