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Child Dedication

Though IGCB does not do baby baptisms we have a tradition of dedicating our children to the Lord. Child dedications happen upon request by parents.

This tradition of dedicating children is based on Hannah’s dedication of Samuel to the Lord in 1 Samuel chapter 1.

Samuel Given to the Lord

1Sa 1:21  And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow.

1Sa 1:22  But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide forever.

1Sa 1:23  And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the LORD establish his word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.

1Sa 1:24  And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the LORD in Shiloh: and the child was young.

1Sa 1:25  And they slew a bullock, and brought the child to Eli.

1Sa 1:26  And she said, Oh my lord, as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD.

1Sa 1:27  For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him:

1Sa 1:28  Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.

Christian parents who dedicate their children are dedicating them to the Lord, not to the church. The dedication ceremony consists of an introduction of the parents and then an introduction of the child by his/her parents.

After reviewing the significance of dedication the presiding pastor ask the congregation to answer the following questions with “We do”.

Do you as a local church pledge to pray for the family and child?

Do you pledge to encourage the child and family in God’s grace and love?

The pastor will then lead in a pray for the family.

The parents will be asked if they would like to say anything.

The family members will be asked to come forward and a picture will be taken of the parents and the child and then of all the family together.

The parents will receive a Child Dedication Certificate and a digital copy of the photos.


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