Baby Dedication Celebration
We want to both CELEBRATE and HELP parents on their journey. We believe that you are the greatest influence in your child’s life and in the best position to help them know God. We also believe that as your church we can uniquely equip you and partner with you along the way.
When :: Thursday, April 19, 7-8p
Where :: Rockford Campus Commons
Cost :: None
Contact :: Kristin Fankhauser email@example.com
There are 3 parts to participating in the Baby Dedication Celebration.
1. Prepare :: Before you go any further there are 2 brief Parent Talks and a homework assignment to help you prepare for the Baby Dedication Celebration. Both talks will help you as a parent to intentionally parent with the end in mind and help you put a priority on your own personal growth.
Listen to Talk 1 and Download Homework 1
Listen to Talk 2 and Download Homework 2
2. Register :: Let us know a few things about your family and upload some pictures. You will receive an email the week before confirming your table reservation. Please be sure to bring Homework 1 from the first Parent Talk to the Event. When you register you will be asked to include 2 high resolution photos (closeup of your baby + family shot, at least 1 MB).
3. The Celebration :: We like to celebrate so there are actually 2 parts…
- Thursday Event :: The event will be from 7-8p on a Thursday in the Rockford Campus Commons. It’s you and your closest family and friends at one table. You will have an individual cake to enjoy, sharing in a time of prayer & dedication for your baby. To protect this intimate environment for everyone involved, we recommend a limit of 8 people at your table, but exceptions can be made for up to 10-12, if necessary. Each family will also have a photo taken by a professional photographer. Please bring the written portion of Homework 1 to the event.
- The Sunday After :: Your church family also wants to celebrate this meaningful time in your life. The following Sunday evening you will have the opportunity to stand before the church and introduce your family and a brief (45 seconds or so) recap about your words of dedication to your child. You do not walk this parenting journey alone! We value the opportunity to know your heart for your child and join you in celebration and prayer.
- What should we wear?
Thursday is a casual event so wear something comfortable and that you would like to be photographed in. Sunday is also a casual environment.
- Where do we go?
You can park by door 1 or 4 for closest access to the Rockford Campus Commons.
- How many people can we invite?
Each table can comfortably seat 8 adults. To protect the intimate environment for everyone involved, we recommend a limit of 8 people at your table, but exceptions can be made for up to 10-12, if necessary (you don’t need to include your baby in the total).
- Can young children attend?
Of course, please let us know your other children’s ages so we can provide an activity for them.
- What do I do if my baby cries?
We love this question! We expect there will be some crying! Every parent in the room completely understands and is sitting with a baby too. This event is designed to include your wiggly baby, so don’t worry.
- How long does it last?
Structured time will last a little more than 30 minutes leaving time to enjoy cake and your table guests.
- Do I really have to do the homework?
Yes, but don’t be intimidated. The talks are brief and helpful. The written portion will prepare you for the celebration event. You will be sharing what you write in response to the first parent talk with the guests at your table. It will be your opportunity to share your hopes for the kind of person your child would one day become. You will be led through this at the Event.
- Is there an age limit?
We recommend participation before age two, however we are willing to celebrate your children of any age with you.
- Prayer Partners:
There will be a time of prayer and dedication as part of the service. You will be guided through this. Please be sure to encourage the consistent prayer of those who attend for you and your child.
- Is this the same as infant baptism?
This event is not infant baptism. We believe that when people are old enough to understand what it means to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, they should have the opportunity to make that choice for themselves. This event is about your commitment as a parent to lead your child into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, so that as he/she gets older, you are able to guide him/her and to help him/her understand what that means.