When it comes to children’s ministries, part of our mission is to partner with parents and grandparents. We believe that what happens at home is more important than what happens here on a Sunday. On average, we get about 40 hours a year with a child, while parents get over 3000 hours with their children. They have the greatest potential spiritual impact in the lives of their children. Child Dedications is one way in which we partner with parents. When a parent or guardian chooses to dedicate their child, they make a commitment to raise their child in a way that honors God and points them to Jesus. At the same time, we as a church commit to support and partner with these parents and grandparents in their efforts to raise their children with Jesus at the center.
We're often asked if dedication is the same as baptism. At Calvary, we believe that a child must be old enough to understand what it means to put their faith in Jesus Christ before they can be baptized. Child dedication is an opportunity for you as parents/guardians to publicly declare that you want to raise your child to develop their own relationship with Jesus Christ.