What’s the purpose of Child Dedication?
We absolutely love kids at Parkside and Child Dedication is a huge deal.
Parents come on stage with their kids and commit to help their kids love God with their heart, soul, mind and strength. Then we ask the congregation to commit to coming along side the parent(s) to help them in this huge responsibility as well.
The word "dedicate" means to set aside or commit to a sacred purpose. The dedication means committing a child to God and God’s purposes. In one sense, this is what every Christian parent wants to do, but in another sense, parents can’t actually make this decision on behalf of their children – as much as they might wish to! Each child will one day have to make his or her own personal decision about whether or not to commit himself or herself to God. Parents can guide, teach, pray for, and lead their children, but parents cannot choose a life path for their child. So even though we speak of dedicating the child to the Lord, dedication is really a matter of parents dedicating themselves to the Lord.