Child Dedication at Wellspring Church
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” —Psalm 127:3-5
Children are a gift from God, and Wellspring Church is thrilled to partner with and be a resource to parents who would like to dedicate the raising of their children to Jesus Christ.
We believe that the act of child dedication is a public commitment of accountability parents make before God, their family and the church. A child dedication service gives parents an opportunity to publicly express their desire to lead a Godly home that spiritually nurtures children to grow in maturity and knowledge of Jesus Christ, as well as cultivates a desire to love and serve God and people. This service is also a a commitment by the Wellspring Church family to pray for, support and come alongside these families in a time of need.
Why do we practice Child Dedication?
Child dedication has its foundation in the story of Hannah in I Samuel 1. Hannah prayed earnestly to the Lord for a son, crying out to Him through the inability to conceive. She promised God to dedicate the raising of her son to Him, if only He would hear her prayers.
"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.” And he worshiped the Lord there." —1 Samuel 1:27-28
Mary and Joseph also took Jesus to the temple to dedicate him to the Lord.
"When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord"—Luke 2:22
The public dedication of your children to the Lord indicates the importance that you place on raising children in a way that glorifies God and guides them along a path that leads them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. As any parent can attest, this path is not without its obstacles or unexpected detours. Wellspring Church is committed to being a resource and helping along this journey.
In scripture, we see several instances of parents bringing their children to the temple or to Jesus, who holds them and gives them a blessing. He does not baptize them, nor does He impart salvation. Child dedication is a ceremony and commitment for parents, and does not ensure the salvation of any child. We do not practice infant baptism or Christening, as we believe the decision to follow Christ is a personal one that children must make consciously and independently. For more on the practice of baptism at Wellspring Church, click here.
I would like to dedicate my child(ren) to Christ
If you are ready to take this step, call the office at 616.662.8955 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Wellspring typically offers child dedication services a couple of times per year based on interest. While you do not need to be a member at Wellspring Church to dedicate your child, we do ask that you at the very least be committed to Wellspring as your home church and be in agreement with our beliefs. This demonstrates a wise spirit of partnership in the gospel of Jesus Christ between parents and Wellspring Church.
No child is too young to be dedicated. However, while many are infants, everyone's life circumstances are different. Perhaps one or both parents were not saved when their children were infants, have married into a mixed family, or have an older child who they would like to dedicate at the same time as their younger child. You are welcome to come and have your children dedicated.
What does a Child Dedication Service look like at Wellspring?
Wellspring Church will announce plans for a Child Dedication service several weeks in advance. In this time, you are invited to call the church to ensure a place in the dedication ceremony. You are also encouraged to notify any family members and loved ones you would like to come bear witness to this dedication. We create a slide, a certificate of dedication, and a letter for each child to be opened on his or her 13th birthday. Because of that, we need you to provide a portrait photo, a full name and date of birth of each child you'd like to dedicate. Parents will be called up on stage with their children to be recognized, given a gift and prayed over by a member of the Wellspring Church pastoral staff. The congregation will be charged with accountability to pray for and support the families dedicating children as well.