making a commitment
At West Park we believe that children are a gift from God, and we are very excited that you are investigating child dedication. Child dedication is a public commitment that you, the parent(s), make before God, your church, and your family.
The dedication service is an opportunity to express your desire to spiritually nurture your child so that one day he or she will develop a desire to love God and love others. There is no “saving grace” attached to this dedication; it is simply a statement of intent and desire.
Do I need to be a member to dedicate my child?
You do not need to be a member of West Park Church to dedicate your child. We do ask that families call West Park Church home, because in dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you are willing to partner with God and the Church to raise your child in cooperation with God’s intentions. As your church family, we are here to partner with you as the body of Christ and support you as a family unit.
Can a single parent participate in a child dedication service?
Yes! Child dedication signifies the commitment of parents, including single parents, to do their best to raise their child to be a follower of Jesus Christ. We encourage single parents to include any important figures in their child’s life to be a part of the dedication. As a church, West Park is committed to supporting single parents in providing a Christian foundation for their child’s upbringing.
Is Dedication the same as Baptism?
West Park Church believes baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Jesus alone for their salvation, once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means. Dedication is not a sacrament; nor does it impart grace or salvation to a child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their sinfulness and receives forgiveness and eternal life through him and his work on the cross.
Rather than baptizing infants, we encourage a dedication ceremony, where parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.
How do I go about having my child dedicated?
To express your desire to participate in a future Child Dedication Service, please fill out the application form below. Mrs. Kimberly will be in touch and you and your child will be invited to one class to prepare you for this important step.
You can also contact Mrs. Kimberly if you’d like to discuss things further.