This Sunday is Mother’s Day. I know – not a newsflash. But I want to talk about another big event that often takes place on this important day — Baby Dedication. Or, as I really like to call it – Parent-Child Dedication.
I prefer that title because this service can be so much more than an opportunity to announce the birth of a child! I worry sometimes that parents participate in a dedication service because they get caught up in the excitement of showing off their new little one. What my hope for that young family is that this will be a celebration of life but also a time of solemn commitment where the parents pledge to be and do all they can to raise that child and help her to be all God wants her to be.
This day can also be a great reminder to your church congregation of their responsibility of surrounding that new family. A time, where we as church members realize that we’re to come alongside and mentor, support, and advise when we can and assist in teaching and guiding their children.
There are so many great ways to celebrate this commitment. I’ve seen:
- Services where all families with babies born during the past year were committed on one day;
- Services where each child is celebrated and dedicated on his own unique Sunday;
- Services on Saturday night;
- Parent Brunches;
- Older siblings dedicated, who for various reasons had not participated in a service before;
- and so much more!
Here are four resources from pastors who have unique ways that their churches have performed this service.
If you have a special way you celebrate this service in your ministry, please share a comment with us! Although it may be too late for this year’s Mother’s Day, you might give someone a great idea for a future date!