At ANCC, we desire to partner with parents as they raise their children in the Lord. We believe dedicating a child is an important and special occasion as parents make a covenant with God and the church in raising their children. We believe that when parents make a public covenant with God in raising their children it is worth celebrating! That’s what our Baby Dedications are all about. To find out about the next Baby Dedication please see below.
Baby Dedications generally occur after the sermon. We will ask if you are making the commitment to raise your child in partnership with the church and under the direction and authority of the Lord and His word. At that time you may respond accordingly. We will also ask the church body if they will respond and support the family in doing all they can to support the parents’ ability to do so. We pray over each child and family. Your child will be presented with the gift of a children’s Bible.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
Step 1: Register online to participate in Child Dedications.
Step 2: Attend Family Dedication Class. It is required that both parents attend this class together. This is a special evening of learning more about the significance of and meaning of dedication, Christian parenting, and the dedication service.
Step 3: Invite your family and friends to celebrate during a weekend gathering.
Requirements to dedicate your child:
Parents have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Parents beliefs and values align with those of ANCC.
Parents are currently or will become regular attendees/members of ANCC.
Parents participate in a Family Dedication Class prior to the dedication service.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How often does our church do Family Dedications?
We have them twice a year. Once in the spring (Mother’s Day) and in the fall (Thanksgiving Sunday) during our main services.
Why doesn’t ANCC do infant baptisms?
Instead of baptizing a babies or very young children, we wait and allow that decision to be made by the child when they are older and understand the decision of what it means to be a follower and disciple of Christ.
Can a single parent dedicate their child?
Yes! We encourage single parents to dedicate themselves to raising their child within the foundation of God’s Word.
What age does a child have to be to be dedicated?
At ANCC we don’t set an age limit on dedicating your child, the average age is between 3 months and 10 years.
What if I can’t attend the Family Dedication Class?
If you are unable to attend this class, we will do our very best to reschedule to accommodate your family.
For additional questions, please email us at email@example.com