Child dedications are a special time set aside for parents to publically acknowledge:
Their gratefulness to God for the gift of their child (Ps. 127:3-5), Their desire to live out before their child a life yielded to and centered upon the Gospel of Jesus (Gal. 2:20), Their responsibility in loving and leading their child toward a faith relationship with Jesus (Deut. 6:7; Psa. 78:4; 2 Tim. 3:15), Their need for the Body of Christ to care for and equip them as they seek to raise their child in the truth of God’s Word (1 Cor. 12:24-27, Eph. 4:15-16).
No. In the Bible, baptisms are seen taking place only after a person has yielded his/her life to Jesus through repentant faith; therefore, Westover only baptizes those who have come to personally trust in Christ alone for forgiveness and life (Acts 2:41; 8:13). While a child dedication is a special celebration, it does not impart salvation to a child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus and His work upon the cross (John 14:6; Eph. 2:8; Acts 16:31)
No. We do not require parents be members of Westover Church in order to participate in a child dedication. We do, however, desire parents to be regular attenders of Westover Church so they can begin taking steps in actively partnering with Westover in raising their child in cooperation with Christ and His Church.
You first need to attend a Child Dedication class, which occur throughout the year on Sunday mornings.
Click here for registration and information on upcoming classes.
Typically, we celebrate child dedications on the second Sunday of every month during both services. Dedications take place just prior to start of the actual worship services and are usually limited to two families per dedication.