Child Dedication

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Our children are precious to us and the Lord.  The Bible teaches God owns everything that exists, including the very children we are given (Ps 24:1). In the Old Testament, God claimed direct ownership of every firstborn male (Ex 13:2).  Parents would either give the child to the work of the Temple worship (Hannah with Samuel - 1 Sam) or "redeem" them from the Lord to raise them themselves through a sacrifice like Joseph and Mary with Jesus (Luke 2:22).  

These laws are fulfilled through Jesus and are no longer binding.  But for some parents, they like to dedicate all of their children to the Lord for the following reasons:

  • To acknowledge to the Lord they are only stewards of their children, who ultimately belong to the Lord. (Ps 127:3-5)

  • To ask the Lord to give them grace to raise them in His ways (Deut 6:7)

  • To ask their local church to help them raise their children in His ways (1 Tim 3:15)

  • The church to commit to the parents that they will help them raise their children in the ways of the Lord (1 Tim 3:15)

Clarification: This does not grant salvation in any way as salvation is a personal decision of faith and repentance from the child alone before Christ.

Dedicating your child can be a great opportunity to invite family and special friends to celebrate with you, if you would like.  

We are planning to also bless you and your family by taking a nice family picture in the lobby before service!

Please complete the form below as well as email an image of your child (preferably high resolution) to emilyf@harvestdesmoines.org two weeks prior to your scheduled dedication.