WHAT ARE FAMILY DEDICATIONS?
As culture attempts to pull children away from God's plan, Family Dedications are an opportunity for parents to make a stand and commit themselves to raise their family God’s way. Families with children up to age 12 are welcome to participate in the dedication. Complete the form below to sign-up!
Q: WHAT ARE FAMILY DEDICATIONS ALL ABOUT?
A: Family dedications are an occasion for parents to embrace the responsibility they’ve been given by God and to publicly commit to raising their child to become followers of Christ. They are a joint expression of a parent’s desire to raise Godly children and our commitment as a church to empower parents in that calling.
Q: WHY DO WE DEDICATE CHILDREN?
A: The biblical basis for dedicating a child is found in 1 Samuel 1:27-28, where a woman named Hannah prayed year after year for God to give her a child. He answered her prayers and when she gave birth to a son, she prayed these words: “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” We follow Hannah’s example through Family Dedications.
Q: IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR CHILDREN WHO CAN BE DEDICATED?
A: We invite all families with children ages 0-12 who have not been dedicated to participate. Family dedications are scheduled periodically throughout the year at each JRNY Church campus.
Q: WHAT ABOUT INFANT BAPTISM?
A: The New Testament shows no example of baptism when the person did not request it. All instances of baptism followed an individual’s decision to trust Jesus alone for their salvation (Acts 2:41; 8:12; 10:47-48). Because of this, we wait until the child is old enough to believe and understand the true meaning of their salvation before we baptize them.
Q: ARE THERE QUALIFICATIONS?
A: We believe kids thrive best in a family that adheres to Biblical guidelines. In order to dedicate your children your family structure must reflect the type of relationships the Bible outlines for us.