Baby dedication is first step in child’s Christian walk
BY ASHLEY RHUDE
Once parents leave the hospital with their brand-new bundle of joy, there are many decisions to be made on how they will provide for and raise their child. One opportunity that Northview Church’s Carmel campus offers is Baby dedication.
Why dedicate a baby?
“Dedicating a child acknowledges God’s sovereignty not only over the child, but also over the parents,” said Joe McAlpine, Northview children’s pastor. “Parents present their child before God asking for His grace and wisdom in carrying out their parental responsibilities and praying that their child might one day fall in love with Christ and live for God.”
Baby dedication is a symbol of a parent’s commitment to lead their child spiritually as they grow. McAlpine stated that Northview encourages all parents to dedicate their child and make a commitment to lead their child spiritually to the best of their abilities.
Parents can dedicate their child anytime from birth to 36 months. Northview has a short prerequisite class that parents participate in to learn more about the significance of dedication. After that class, there is a weekend service that recognizes parents and their child who is being dedicated.
Northview encourages dedication as there is scripture behind the stance of the church.
“The tradition of parent/child dedication has ancient origins in the Bible,” Joe said. “The Israelites, on the 8th day of a child’s life, brought their children to the priest for a blessing.”
Luke 2:22-23 reads, “When the time of their purification, according to the Law of Moses, had been completed, Joseph and Mary took Him (Jesus) to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”).
The next opportunity for baby dedications at Northview will be held during each service the weekend of May 12-13. The deadline to register was April 6. For registration instructions and future dates of dedications, visit http://www.northviewchurch.us/baby.by