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 publically 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.
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 great responsibility as parents.
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 as part of your preparation to make the vows. The dedication will conclude with a time of prayer.
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:
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:
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 babys much older than that.
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.
If you would like to talk to someone about what baby dedication may mean for your family, please email