Do you have a baby or child to dedicate to the Lord? Well we've made the process convenient for you.
WHEN & WHERE ARE BABY/CHILD DEDICATIONS?
Baby/Child Dedications are held at the end of service of your choosing in coordination with the church staff. You must register for upcoming dedications by completing the form to the right or contacting the church office at 770-786-1523.
WHAT IS BABY/CHILD DEDICATION?
Baby/Child Dedication is the act of giving back to God the gift he has given you as parents (Mark 10:14). It is an act of worship, thanksgiving, dependence, trust and commitment. The practice of Baby/Child Dedication has been modeled throughout the Bible: Hannah brought her long-awaited son, Samuel, to the priest, Eli, to dedicate him to the Lord (I Samuel 1:24-28). Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to the temple for his dedication (Luke 2:21- 31).
The Bible is clear that salvation only comes to a child through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that is evidenced through belief and confession (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10). Salvation is not passed on to a child through dedication. Through dedication, the parents promise to raise their children by modeling Godly principles with the desire that one day their children will receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
IS BABY/CHILD DEDICATION THE SAME AS INFANT BAPTISM OR CHRISTENING?
Baby/Child Dedication is different from infant baptism or christening. While these rites are significant for a variety of faiths, it is the practice of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church to dedicate children. The Bible teaches that all infants are destined for heaven should they die before they are old enough to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (2 Samuel 12:22; Matt 18:4). The Bible also teaches that baptism should take place after a person has made a personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38, Acts 8:12; Acts 8:37).
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE BABY/CHILD DEDICATION?
At the conclusion of the worship celebration, the parents and all those who will be a part of the Baby/Child Dedication are to go to the front of the sanctuary. The service will include a word of encouragement to both parents and child/children, anointing oil will be applied to both parents and child/children and special prayers will be offered to God on behalf of both parents and child/children. A special certificate will be given to the parents and the Baby/Child Dedication will be concluded.
I AM A SINGLE PARENT. MAY I STILL DEDICATE MY CHILD?
WHO SHOULD I CALL IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?
Contact Rev Pettigrew, Minister of Hospitality or call the church office.
WHO SHOULD WE INVITE TO THE DEDICATION SERVICE?
The Baby/Child Dedication Service is a very special time, so be sure to invite your family and friends. There is no limit on the number of guest you may invite!
IS THERE A COST FOR THE BABY/CHILD DEDICATION?
DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF MMBC TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BABY/CHILD DEDICATION?