LIFEGATE believes that children are a gift from God, and we are very excited that you are looking into child dedication.

Child dedication is a public commitment you make before God, your church, and your family. The dedication service provides you, the parent(s), an opportunity to publicly express your desire to lead and spiritually nurture your child in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, so your child will develop a desire to love God and love others.

The scriptural root of a child dedication is found in 1 Samuel 1:27–28 (NASB), where a godly woman named Hannah prayed year after year for God to give her a child. He answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words:

“For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.”

What can I expect during a Child Dedication Service?

During the dedication service, parents express vows before God, their family, and the church, articulating their desire to raise their child in a God-honoring way. Because parents are the key role models for their children, they play a primary role in the dedication service.

Parents will be asked to affirm the following commitments:

  • Do you receive this child with gratitude, as God’s gift to you and your family?
  • Do you commit to each other as parents to create a stable environment in which your child can mature? Will you make a covenant to strengthen your marriage relationship?
  • Since your child will learn by both your word and example, will you set a Godly example in prayer, Bible reading, church participation, giving, and serving others in your church home?
  • Will you pray for your child’s salvation and teach your child the way of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ?
  • Do you commit to lead a faith-filled home that honors God in all your relationships and in the choices you make in spiritually growing your family?
  • Do you commit to be parents with patience, recognizing that with your inherent strengths and weaknesses, your desire to shape your child is a loving act that will require time, prayer, and God in order to produce in your children what He and you hope for?

If you have registered to participate in a scheduled child dedication service, you will receive an email approximately two weeks before the date of the service with more information regarding what to expect, including the service order and times.

Commonly Asked Questions

At what age can I dedicate my child?

The age for child dedication is totally up to the parent. The most common ages that parents will dedicate their children are between 4 to 8 months old, although many parents dedicate children much older than that, often for the following reasons:

  • The parent(s) are new believers in Christ and their children were not dedicated when they were infants.
  • The parent(s) are having a younger child dedicated and want to have their older child dedicated at the same time.

Is infant baptism and child dedication the same thing?

No. LIFEGATE does not practice infant baptism, but instead adheres to the Scriptural example of believer’s baptism which is full-imersion, water baptism after one has committed their life to the Lord. Child dedication is the opportunity to publicly express your desire, as the parent, to raise your child in a home that honors the Lord and to covenant with the church to uphold your commitment.

Can my family come to the dedication service?

Yes! We encourage you to invite friends and family outside the LIFEGATE community to join in this special service.

Do I need to be a member of LIFEGATE to dedicate my child?

No. However, we do recommend that you feel called to LIFEGATE as your home church since by dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you are willing to partner with God and the church to raise your child.