child dedication

Child dedication is the public act of committing your child to God. The mother of the prophet Samuel provides a beautiful illustration of child dedication in the Bible. For many years, Hannah was unable to have children. She cried out to God to give her a child.


"In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord. And she made a vow, saying, ‘O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life.’" I Samuel 1:10-11


When God answered Hannah’s prayer for a child, she dedicated her son, Samuel, to God.


"As surely as you live, my Lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him, so now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord." I Samuel 1:26-28


In a similar way, Joseph and Mary brought Jesus, when he was a child, to the temple to be dedicated to God.


"When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took [Jesus] to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord." Luke 2:22


We follow this example of committing our children to God through baby or child dedication.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it important to dedicate my baby/child?

As Christians, we understand that everything comes from God, including our children. 

  • “[These] are the children God has graciously given your servant.” Genesis 33:5b  
  • “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3  
  • “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job 1:21b  

When you dedicate your child you are acknowledging publicly that he or she ultimately belongs to God, and that you will do your best to raise your child in a way that is pleasing to God, to seek His help and guidance as a parent, and to do everything in your power to see that your child grows up to love and honor God just as the Lord has challenged us to do.  

  • "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!" Deuteronomy 6:6-7  
  • "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4  
  • “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6  

How will my baby be dedicated?  

When it is time for the dedication you will bring your child onto the platform to be dedicated by the pastor. Parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and other family members are encouraged to take part in this event. During the dedication the pastor will ask you to confirm your commitment to raise your child in the ways of God, and then he will pray a prayer of dedication over your baby.


What if I am a single parent?

Both parents are not required to be present for the dedication of the child. The important factor is your desire to be a Godly example for your child and to raise him or her to become a follower of Christ.


What if I am not a member of U-City Family Church? 

We encourage everyone who regularly attends U-City Family Church to attend Step 1 session and become a member of U-City Family Church. However, membership is not a requirement for baby dedication. 


Can my older child still be dedicated?

Generally, parents bring their children to be dedicated while the child is still an infant. However, there is no age limit for dedication. Children of any age may be dedicated. You can also encourage your older children to consider Baptism


What do I need to do before the dedication?

Please email a photograph of your child to info@ucityfamilychurch.com, along with your child’s full name.


We look forward to participating with you in this important moment in your life and in the life of your child, and we praise God that you have chosen to take the step of publicly dedicating your child to God. 


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