The Purpose of Dedication
At RBC, dedicating your child allows you to proclaim publicly your desire to raise him or her for the glory of God. Dedications serve as a vessel for parents to express gratitude to God and to acknowledge their responsibility before Him in raising their children. Dedications are done during a weekend service and follow in the spirit of Hannah who offered her son Samuel completely for the Lord’s work (1 Samuel 1:27, 28). Any parent(s) who knows Jesus as Savior is welcome to dedicate their children (of any age) to the Lord. Feel free to invite as many friends, family, and shepherd group members as you like who will support you in your goals. Dedications are a time of great joy and are meant to involve those closest in our lives.
During the dedication service, you will be displaying your intent by answering these questions:
- Do you commit before the Lord and His people to seeking after Him in your own personal walks of faith?
- Do you commit to making Christ known in your home through your example, through your words, your friendships, and through your marriage, in an environment of mercy and grace?
Following the charge, the congregation is asked to stand and join in a congregational prayer of support and blessing over you and your children.
Parenting Principles Introduction Course
As part of scheduling your child’s dedication, parents are required to watch a video class that introduces foundational principles outlined in the Bible for raising children. Following completion of this video, parents will contacted by the Pastor of Family Life to answer any questions and also to take the opportunity to get to know you a bit better, hear your story and your heart behind dedicating your child to the Lord, and begin to offer our ministry support to you as parents.