Baby dedication is a wonderful step for Christ-following parents seeking to create a Christ-centered home. Here at Grace Valley Church, we want to encourage parents to consider the arrival of a child as a key milestone of faith in the parenting journey.
It is recorded in Luke 2 that Jesus was presented in the temple not long after He was born. This step was made by His earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, in obedience to God’s command to His people to set apart and dedicate the firstborn son to God. As church history has progressed, a term has captured the nature of this baby dedication moment, "Christening." The word means, "to name." Just as every child receives a name to be called, they also receive a preferred destiny from their parents. Baby dedication, or Christening, is an opportunity to "name" or declare a preferred future for your child, prayerfully one that has a personal and saving relationship with Jesus at the center.
We believe it is important to make the following commitments at this milestone of baby dedication...
"I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth." - 3 John 1:4
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." - Proverbs 22:6