Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE BIBLICAL PURPOSE AND HISTORY OF BABY DEDICATION?
The scriptural root of a baby dedication is found in 1 Samuel 1:27–28 (NASB), where a godly woman named Hannah prayed year after year for God to give her a child. He answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words:
“For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.”
In Luke chapter 2 of the New Testament, following the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the temple and dedicated Him.
In both Scripture passages, the parents entrusted their child completely to God. The writings of Moses found in Deuteronomy 6:5–9 describe God’s plan for how a parent should raise up a child:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
One key step in marking your desire to nurture your child in the ways of God is to dedicate him or her to God publicly, through a child dedication ceremony.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A BABY DEDICATION CEREMONY?
During the dedication service, parents express vows before God, their family, and the church, declaring their desire to raise their child in a God-honoring way. Because parents are the key role models for their children, they play a primary role in the dedication service.
Parents will be asked to affirm the following commitments:
• Do you receive this child with gratitude, as God’s gift to you and your family?
• Do you commit to each other as parents, creating a stable environment in which your child can mature? Will you make a covenant to strengthen your marriage relationship?
• Do you commit to be parents of personal faith, recognizing your children are more likely to follow God’s path by the model they first observe in you?
• Do you commit to lead a faith-filled home that honors God in all your relationships and in the choices you make in spiritually growing your family?
DO I NEED TO BE A CHURCH MEMBER TO HAVE MY BABY DEDICATED AT HOUSE OF PRAYER & PRAISE?
You do not need to be a member of House of Prayer and Praise to have your child dedicated in a public ceremony. We do encourage parents to call House of Prayer & Praise their home church. Why? In dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you are willing to partner with God and the church to raise your child in cooperation with God’s intentions. To partner with any church, a parent would be wise to decide if he or she agrees with its beliefs and vision, so they can be all-in in their partnership with the church.
AT WHAT AGE CAN A CHILD TAKE PART IN A DEDICATION SERVICE?
While House of Prayer & Praise does not have a set age requirement for baby dedication, the average age for a child to be dedicated is four to eight months old, although many parents dedicate children much older than that, often for the following reasons:
The parent(s) are new believers in Christ and their children were not dedicated when they were infants.
The parent(s) are having a younger child dedicated and want to have their older child dedicated at the same time.