Children are a gift from God. Parent/Child Dedication is a time for us to celebrate and thank God for your kids. It’s also a time for you, as parents, to commit to raise your kids to know and love God, and to model what following Jesus looks like.
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Parent/Child Dedication ceremonies are hosted twice each year at all Eagle Brook locations, following one of our regular weekend services. If you’re interested in dedicating your child, you’ll need to attend one of our 30-minute Parent/Child Dedication classes, which take place a few weeks prior to the ceremony. It’s a great way to get to know our staff, learn about dedication, and prepare for the ceremony. You will receive an email link to register for the ceremony after you have completed the class.
Expectations of Parents
- At least one or both of the parents have made a commitment to having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We recognize that there are many families in which only one parent has come to faith and the spouse that is not yet a believer would like to participate—that is okay.
- Parent(s) are regular attenders of Eagle Brook’s weekend services and are following Christ in their own life by growing in Eagle Brook's values to spend time with God, follow Jesus, connect in community, serve others, and live generously.
- Parent(s) agree with Eagle Brook’s beliefs and values.
- Parents commit to modeling personal purity and to lead by example in matters of faith and conduct. That means living a life of sexual purity according to God's standards—avoiding pornography, pre-marital sexual relations and living together before marriage. Therefore, parents who are living together and are not married cannot participate in the dedication ceremony.
Frequently Asked Questions
During the dedication service, parents promise 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 creating an environment for your child(ren) that teaches and models your faith?
- Do you commit to creating a stable environment in which your child can mature? Will you promise to strengthen your parental relationship? Married couples: Will you commit 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 by modeling personal purity?
- Do you commit to be parents with patience and understanding?
- Do you commit to acknowledging that raising your kids to love and serve Jesus Christ will require time, prayer and God’s help?
The scriptural root of child 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."
A New Testament example is in Luke, chapter 2. 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 doorframes of your houses and on your gates."
At Eagle Brook, child dedication will help you mark this step as you publically express your desire to raise your children with godly principles.
Scripture provides evidence that baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust Jesus alone for salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12 and 10:47–48). In the Bible, we find parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them, prayed for them and told us to welcome them. But He did not baptize them and He did not tell anyone else to baptize them. Eagle Brook believes baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Jesus alone for their salvation, once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means.
Dedication is not a sacrament; nor does it impart grace or salvation to a child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their sinfulness and receives forgiveness and eternal life through him and his work on the cross.
Rather than baptizing infants or children, Eagle Brook encourages Christian parents to dedicate their children. This is a ceremony in which parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.
You do not need to be a member of Eagle Brook Church to have your child dedicated. We ask parents to call Eagle Brook their home church, because 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 fully participate in their partnership with the church.
While Eagle Brook does not have an age requirement for child dedication, the average age for a child being dedicated is less than one year 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.
- The child has not yet made a personal commitment to accept Jesus as their Savior.
- The child was adopted into your family at a later age.
Yes! Child dedication signifies the commitment of parents (including single parents) to do their best to raise their child to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Additionally, we highly encourage single parents to dedicate their child as they raise him or her without the presence or partnership of a spouse. The decision to dedicate a child is not dependent upon the beliefs of the ex-spouse; however we encourage single parents to discuss child dedication with their ex-spouse. Ideally, both parents—even if not married—would still participate in the dedication of their child to God. We acknowledge that this is often not possible and that it takes extra effort for a single parent to raise a child. As a church, Eagle Brook is committed to supporting single parents in providing a Christian foundation for their child’s upbringing.
Although the term “godparent” is not used at Eagle Brook, we do welcome parents to invite friends and family members to support them. The presence of these significant adults symbolizes their commitment to play a supportive role in the child’s spiritual development.
Parents and children are welcome to wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable.
If you still have questions, we are willing to have conversations with you. Feel free to contact us at the link below.