Planning a baby dedication?
The arrival of a new baby brings such joy and excitement to the family. It is always a privilege for us to have the opportunity to share the thanksgiving and celebrations with families. We look forward to sharing your joy and partnering with you in this challenging but rewarding task of raising your precious child in the Lord. At Aberdeen Street we offer the following ceremonies;
In a dedication Christian parents are presenting their child to God and making a public commitment to do all they can to raise the child in the training and instructions of the Lord in accordance with the bible. Therefore by dedicating your child to the Lord you are;
- Publicly affirming your faith in Jesus Christ and that you are committed to a personal relationship with Him.
- Acknowledging that your child is a gift from God and to give thanks to God for him/her.
- Publicly committing yourselves to raising your child in the Christian faith by training, prayer, bible teaching, example, and a regular pattern of church attendance.
- Initiating your child into the local church fellowship to which you are committed, and where he/she will be nurtured in partnership with the church family.
A blessing is conducted for children whose parents may not be practicing Christians but want to give thanks to God and seek God’s blessings on their child’s life, without making any specific promises regarding the Christian faith.
The blessing itself consists of prayers for God’s special favour, mercy or benefit upon the child for prosperity, protection, provision and future success, and a formal declaration of God’s blessing.
God-parents are intended to ensure that there is a godly or spiritual influence in the child’s life, especially where the parents are not practicing Christians. As such, god-parents are meant to be practicing Christians. We suggest that when choosing god-parents you consider using people who are committed Christians. If you wish to ask others who are not Christians we suggest you refer to them as Guardians. You could, for example, have two god-parents and three Guardians.
If you do not normally attend Aberdeen Street Church, we would love to get to know the family prior to the blessing or dedication. We would therefore expect you to attend services for at least 4 Sundays prior to the blessing. We would also ask you to make this your local church and continue to attend as often as you can after the blessing.
Please ensure that you and your guests arrive no later than 11:00 so you can be seated in time for the start of the service. A late arrival may mean the blessing will be conducted at the end of the service.