Recommended focus: Birth – 2 years
Make a commitment to raise your child in a Christ-centered home.
Get The Kit
To help you get started, this kit includes a guide that offers practical tips and what we consider the best resources on the topic. You will also find several Praying for My Child suggestions.
View and download the kit below or pick one up in the Home Life Center located in the Welcome Center.[spoiler title=”Download the Kit and Resources” open=”0″ style=”1″]Parent Dedication Guide
Praying for My Child[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”View Parent Dedication Guide” open=”0″ style=”1″]Congratulations on the growth of your family! As a church, we are excited to join with you on this parenting journey.
The Parent/Child Dedication at First Baptist is a special time set aside in our worship services for you, as parents, to make a formal commitment to raise your child in a Christ-centered home. Colossians 2:6-8 gives us instructions to continue living our lives focused on Christ. “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” These instructions now include your growing family. During this Dedication service you will be asked to make a public pledge, before the church family. Committing to raise your child with deep roots in Jesus Christ. God designed the home as the primary place for faith to be nurtured. One way for us, the church, to partner with you is by providing resources that will help you nurture your child’s spiritual journey. We call this the Faith Path. Parent/Child Dedication is the first step on this path.
The Parent’s Commitment
Parent/Child Dedication is your commitment to model, teach and reinforce the Christian Faith. It should not be confused with your child’s personal choice to follow Christ. We believe the Bible clearly teaches that each person must decide for themselves to trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10). The age a child is ready to make this personal decision will vary depending on the child.
The Church’s Commitment
Parent/Child Dedication is also a time for the church family to commit to walk alongside you as a parent, pointing your child toward Christ. The church supports you in this journey through prayer, relationships and resources. As a sign of this commitment from the church, your child will be given a Bible presented to them at the Dedication Service.
Parent Dedication Steps
- Sign up for Parent/Child Dedication with our Preschool Assistant, email@example.com.
- Attend the New Parent Seminar which takes place a couple of weeks prior to the Dedication services. Dates and information are at: fbca.org/newparentministry
- Participate in the Parent/Child Dedication service.
- Fill out the Intentional Faith Path Plan below.
Parent Dedication Celebration Ideas
Ideas for making dedication a special time include…
- Family Photo with the pastor.
- Invite family members and special friends to be present at the Dedication Service.
- Have a dinner or celebration with family and friends during the weekend of the Dedication.
- Ask family and friends to write out a prayer of blessing or a special verse for your child.
Intentional Faith Path Plan
How will you be intentional this next year?
__ Pray daily for my child.
__ Attend church regularly.
__ Consistently spend time in God’s Word.
__ Other: ___________________________________________
First Baptist Church Ministries
20 My son, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Let them not escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,
and healing to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil.
As a guide to pray over your baby
Begin the routine of prayer for and with your child
One of the most impactful investments we can make in our children’s faith formation is the habit of praying for them. Rather than repeating the same simple prayers asking for health, happiness and safety, consider the ideas on the following page to expand your prayer life and establish a meaningful routine of praying for your child.
Prayers from their head to their toes: You can begin praying for your baby during feedings or while he or she falls asleep in your arms. One simple method is to pray “from head to toes” by touching the child gently on the head as you pray and gradually moving your hand all the way down to his or her toes as you pray.
- Head: “Give my child wisdom, discernment and an understanding of Your Word.”
- Eyes: “Help my child see the truth and guard his/her eyes from impurity.”
- Ears: “Let him/her listen to the Lord and those in authority.”
- Mouth: “Help my child speak with truth and honesty and use his/her words to praise the Lord.”
- Shoulders: “Let my child cast his/her burdens on the Lord and give him/her friends who will help him/her stand strong.”
- Hands: “Help my child learn to work as unto the Lord with a servant’s heart.”
- Heart: “Open my child’s heart to salvation, a love of Scripture and concern for other people.”
- Feet: “Inspire my child to follow the Lord all of his/her days.”
Praying Scripture: Another method is to begin praying Scripture over your child inserting his or her name. For example, pray Psalm 23 by saying “Lord, be NAME’S shepherd so HE/SHE shall not want.” Jesus modeled the incredible power of combating Satan by speaking Scripture aloud in order to align our desires with God’s purposes.[/spoiler]