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A baby dedication is a public commitment you make before God, your church, and your family. The dedication service provides you, the parent(s), an opportunity to express publicly your desire to lead and spiritually nurture your baby in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, so your baby will develop a desire to love God and love others.

Listed below are frequently asked questions. Take time to review them to find answers to any questions you may have. For unanswered questions, feel free to contact Nell Redley at nredley@myfwc.ca or call (416) 249-7979 ext 219. Baby dedication ceremonies are held the first Sunday of each month.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the purpose of baby dedication?
For parents, joined by their church community and family, to celebrate the birth or adoption of a baby, joyfully thanking God for this new addition to the family and to the church community. As well for parents to commit themselves publicly to raise their baby in the nurture and love of the Lord, and for the church to pray for them in their awesome responsibility as parents.

What does a baby dedication involve?
At FWC, we generally have baby dedications as a part of our regular services. You will be asked to complete a brief baby Dedication Form/Guide as part of your preparation to make the vows. The dedication will conclude with a time of prayer.

Do I need to be a member of FWC to have my baby dedicated at FWC?
You do not need to be a member of FWC to have your baby dedicated in a group or public ceremony at FWC. We do encourage parents to make sure they are calling FWC their home church. Why? In dedicating your baby to God, you are stating that you are willing to partner with God and the church to raise your baby 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.
To have your baby dedicated at FWC:
❏ We ask parents to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
❏ We ask parents to be sure their beliefs line up with FWC’s statements of belief.
❏ We ask parents to be regular attenders of FWC’s weekend services.

What can I expect during a baby dedication ceremony?
During the dedication service, parents express vows before God, their family, and the church, declaring their desire to raise their baby in a God-honoring way. Because parents are the key role models for their baby, they play a primary role in the dedication service.
Parents will be asked to affirm the following commitments:
❏ Do you receive this baby with gratitude, as God’s gift to you and your family?
❏ Do you commit to each other as parents, creating a stable environment in which your baby can mature? Will you make a covenant to strengthen your marriage relationship?
❏ Do you commit to be parents of personal faith, recognizing your baby is more likely to follow God’s path by the model they first observe in you?
❏ Do you commit to lead a faith-filled home that honors God in all your relationships and in the choices you make in spiritually growing your family?
❏ Do you commit to be parents with patience, recognizing that with your inherent strengths and weaknesses, your desire to shape your baby is a loving act that will require time, prayer, and God?

At what age can a baby take part in a dedication service?
While FWC does not have a set age requirement for baby dedication, the average age for a baby to be dedicated is four to eight months old, although many parents dedicate baby’s much older than that.

Can parent(s) assign godparents?
We do welcome parents to invite friends and family members committed to supporting them to stand with them during the dedication. The presence of these significant adults symbolizes their commitment to play a supportive role in the baby’s spiritual development.

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If you would like to talk to someone about what baby dedication may mean for your family, please email nredley@myfwc.ca