We are thrilled you are considering dedicating your child to the Lord at River Valley Church. We currently dedicate children at several times a year.
2020 Child Dedications are:
Prior to the Child Dedication Ceremony, parents are required to attend a special Child Dedication Milestone Class.
This class is designed for all new parents. We want you to know and understand what it is and what it means to dedicate your child to God.
What does parenting success look like to you? Is it achievable? How? What is your primary source for parenting help? We have Five Essentials of Parenting that we believe every parent should understand and think through when beginning the journey of parenthood. With interactive discussion time, impacting teaching, and free resources, we believe this class will be a solid starting point in training your child up in the ways of God (Proverbs 22:6).
We want to ensure that all parents interested in dedicating their child understand and have the opportunity to understand our stance on why we encourage and offer Child Dedications instead of an Infant Baptism. Following Scripture as our guide, everyone (adult and child) who recognizes their need of a Savior then repents and believes in Christ should be baptized (Acts 2:38, 41; 8:36-38). In the Bible, there is no record of infants or very young children being baptized. We believe this is because they are not yet able to understand their need for salvation. Undoubtedly, God places a high priority on children. When asked who is the greatest in the Kingdom of God, Jesus responded, “Unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 18:3, NLT). In Luke 2, the parents of Jesus take Him to the temple “to present Him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22). Later, the Gospels tell us that little children and infants were brought to Jesus for Him to bless them (Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17). In following this practice, we encourage parents to publicly dedicate their children to the Lord. In dedicating their child, the parents acknowledge the child as a gift from God and vow, before Him and those present, to set a godly example for the child and commit to lead the child to Christ at an early age. As a child matures and recognizes their need for Salvation, we encourage baptism as a public act of obedience to Scripture and following the example of Jesus Christ.
For any further questions, please contact Pastor Rachel Parsons at firstname.lastname@example.org or (952) 255-8800.