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Child Dedication FAQ's

 

What is a child dedication?

Many Christian churches practice Baby/Child Dedication instead of infant Baptism.
A Child Dedication is a ceremony in which believing parents, and sometimes entire families, make a commitment before the Lord to submit a child to God's will and to raise that child according to God's Word and God's ways.

How old should a child be for a dedication?

Child dedication is usually geared for children birth to 2 years. However, we understand as parents come to faith when their children are a little older, they may still want to dedicate their children. Just talk with us if this is the case.

Why is this different than water baptism?

At Thrive, we believe that water baptism is meant for a person who is old enough to believe in God and has the ability to publicly profess their faith in Jesus Christ.

Is child dedication required by God?

No. Although the Bible records a couple of baby/child dedications taking place (i.e. - I Samuel 1), it is not commanded by God in any way.

Are there any requirements to dedicate a child at Thrive Church?

No, we welcome any Thrive family to dedicate their child with us. We simply ask that the parents and family understand the reasons why we do this (see below) and are prepared to make the commitments to help their child to grow in their faith.

Is there a fee for Child Dedication?

No. We are thrilled to partner with your family in raising your children in a godly home. We will ask for an recent digital picture of your child and some basic information for the ceremony, that is all.

Can I request for a Scripture verse to be read or a picture to be shown in honor of my child?

We often dedicate many children at one time and therefore do not “personalize” dedications in terms of what is said by the Pastor.  We do however request a picture from you of your child and will show it on screen when we announce your child's name.

Who can stand with me up front, during the dedication?

We ask that only the parents and siblings stand up front, but we encourage you to bring family and close friends with you to share this moment with your family. Single parents can ask a close friend or family member to stand with them, if they choose.

What if I have questions or concerns about the dedication?

The point of contact for child dedications at Thrive Church is Pastor Jeremy Scudder. You can email him directly at

 

At Thrive Church
We Dedicate Our Children to God Because:

Children are a gift from God.
“Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13,14

• Therefore, we receive our children from Him with a heart of thanksgiving.

God has a purpose and a plan for each of His children.
“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

• Therefore, we ask that His will be revealed and released in the lives of our children.

Jesus encouraged His disciples to bring the children to Him.
“People were bringing little children to have Him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16

• Therefore, we bring our children to Jesus in prayer to ask for His blessing.

Parents have a responsibility to teach their children about God.
“Do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them...so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life... 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 4:9, 6:2, 6-7

“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders He has done.” Psalm 78:6

“Parents, do no exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and in the instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:1-4

“He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.” Proverbs 14:26

• Therefore, we accept our responsibility and commit ourselves to a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and to raising our children in the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. As a result of our relationship with God, our homes will be characterized by the fruit of His Spirit, filled with “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control”. Gal. 5:22

Practical ways to guide your children into a relationship with Christ:

Continue to develop your own personal relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, Bible reading and obedience to God’s Word.

Attend church regularly as a family. Here at Thrive Church we begin teaching children lessons from the Bible at age 2. Talk to your children about what they learned at church. Share with them what you learned as well.

Develop Christian friendships with parents who can be mentors to guide you through the child-raising years. Growth groups are a great place to develop these friendships. If you have not joined a growth group before, check out the growth group section of our website at thirvechurch.cc to get started.

Talk about your faith and read from God’s Word at home. Encourage your children to begin memorizing scripture as soon as they are able. Pray with and for your children daily.

Look for opportunities to develop your Christian parenting skills through books, seminars, classes and growth group opportunities.

Thank you for allowing us to participate in this special time of prayer for your family!