Child Dedications @ Torch of Faith

Child Dedications

A child is a God-given trust (Psalm 127:3). Child dedication is a short Sunday-morning ceremony that signifies your commitment to uphold that trust. It is an event that symbolizes your pledge to raise your child in a Christian home and church where he or she can come to know, love, and serve Jesus. It also signifies a commitment by the people of Torch of Faith to provide a loving, biblical community that supports and prays for your family.


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Child Dedication is Similar but Different from Infant Baptism

Child dedication at Torch of Faith is not the same as infant baptism. We believe that baptism is a public statement of faith that can be made only by someone who has personally believed in Christ. Infants cannot make a personal decision to believe in Jesus. Older children, however, can make that personal decision. So, we do offer baptism for children in second grade and up.

If you have trusted in Christ as your Savior, you are invited to present your child in Christian dedication to the Lord. While many parents dedicate very young children, your child does not have to be an infant. You can participate no matter what your child’s age.

 

A Christian Parent’s Covenant

You will not have to recite a pledge during the ceremony. You should, however, read and decide whether you are able to commit to this pledge:

“Declaring Christ as Savior and Lord and believing in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I this day acknowledge that my children are gifts from God, that I am a caretaker by His grace and, therefore, accept the responsibility for raising my family to know and follow Jesus.  As a Christian parent:

 

  • I will demonstrate for my child Christian integrity in my personal life.
  • I will teach my child the meaning of fidelity in my marriage.
  • I will show my child the meaning of fellowship and servanthood through my church.
  • I will model my faith in my life, in prayer, a Spirit-empowered and surrendered life, and the application of the Bible’s truth as I teach my child to follow Jesus as Lord.

With God as my strength, I promise to give my child every possible benefit of home, school, church, and community. And I ask His blessing upon him/her to guide and guard through all his/her years. Amen.”

The children that are dedicated receive a letter from Torch of Faith to open on their twelfth birthday.  You can find a copy here.