Many Christian churches and denominations have baby dedications. Baby dedications are when two Christians make a commitment before the Lord to raise a child according to God's word and His ways. Sometimes the entire church promises to help parents keep that commitment. Baby dedications are popular among protestant churches. Most of these churches do not practice infant baptism. When families dedicate their baby, it is often a time of celebration. There is usually some sort of celebratory event after the dedication ceremony. If you'd like to have your baby dedicated, you can start planning it today.
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Schedule a meeting with your pastor. Parents who choose to dedicate their child to the Lord often are active in a local church. Meeting with your local pastor is the first step towards getting your baby dedicated.
Select a time and date to have your dedication. Many churches make baby dedication a regular part of Sunday morning service. Others may hold special services for dedicating babies.
Decide on the type of dedication you wish to have. Some people choose to have a formal baby dedication. After all, you can invite friends and family to share in this moment. They often send invitations and some parents host a post ceremony celebration. Others choose to keep it informal and limit their baby dedication to a service that just includes immediate family.
Choose the food and location for your post ceremony celebration. Many families hold a celebration at their home or in the function hall of the church. Some churches help families throw a pot luck type of event while other parents choose to have their event catered. Secure your location. You can then plan your party menu.
Invite those you wish to attend. Let people know they are invited to your baby dedication by word of mouth, paper invitation or by electronic invitation.
Choose an outfit for your baby. Many parents enjoy choosing a special outfit for their baby dedication.
Prepare for your dedication day. Confirm any room and food set up plans. Reaffirm the time you need to arrive at the church.
Tips and warnings
- Your pastor can help you understand the commitment that you are making. Be sure to consult with your pastor about any questions that you may have.
- Don't dedicate your baby unless you want to follow the rules of the church.