Dedication of children to God was practiced in biblical times and is practiced today in many churches. Hannah dedicated her child, Samuel, to God and to the service of His house (1 Sam 1:27, 28). Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple in "Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord" (Luke 2:22). The Seventh-Day Adventist Church being true to this practice and still follow it today.
The four basic purposes of the child dedication service is to:
During the Child Dedication:
- Thank God for the miracle of the birth
- To bless the child and dedicate them to God
- For the parents and family to commit themselves to raise the child to love Jesus
- To commit the congregation in providing the facilities and support needed to assist the family in bringing up the child (Note: The child is not baptized nor is the child christened).
- Parents are called forward with their child. Other family members are also invited to join.
- The Pastor gives a short talk in regard to the child and the parent's role.
- A prayer and dedication of the child to God is given by the Pastor.
By Teresa Ortega