BABY & CHILD DEDICATIONS
At the Quest Church we celebrate the birth of a child, and join with families in welcoming every new child into this world, believing that as Scripture teaches, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward (Psalm 127:3).” One of the ways in which we recognize the gift of children is in a special service where the child is presented by parents in a ceremony, which takes either of two forms: a Baby Blessing or a Baby Dedication. (This may include children as well as infants.)
What is the difference between a Baby Dedication and a Child Blessing?
The main difference has to do with the parents, rather than the children. Even though in both ceremonies, the infants (children) are blessed, only parents who are practicing, born-again Christians are asked to dedicate their children to the Lord, and commit themselves to certain disciplines in order to raise their children so that they will follow in the faith of their parents. The Q and A below will give a fuller understanding of the similarities and differences.
What do Baby Dedication and Baby Blessing ceremonies have in common?
There are several things these ceremonies have in common.
In both ceremonies, the pastor will anoint the child and pray a blessing over him/her.
Words of affirmation will be said over the child.
God-parents and other family members may stand with the parents at the front while the ceremony is conducted.
A written certificate is presented to the parents, indicating that the child has been blessed and/or dedicated to the Lord.
To have your child dedicated at Quest Church: Guidelines
We ask parents to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
We ask parents to be regular attenders of Quest Church weekend services.
We ask parents to attend a baby dedication/child blessing class.
We ask parents who are living together and who are not married to take steps to acknowledge and surrender to God’s plan for their relationship before participating in a child dedication service.
We are open to having conversations with you on any of the above statements. If you are interested in dedicating your child(ren) to the Lord, Please fill out the this brief Baby/Child Dedication Interest Form and someone from our administrative team will contact you soon! If you have additional questions, please email our administrative team, at .
Baby Dedication (ages 4 months to 2 years old)