Baby Dedications

At Radiant Church, baby dedications are a joint expression of a parent’s desire to raise Godly children and our commitment to support you as you walk in that calling. As a church, we are committed to empower parents in that calling and help families raise God-honoring kids. We count it an honor to be entrusted with that incredible privilege!

“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.”

Psalm 127:3

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-7

Baby Dedication is a time for us to celebrate and thank God for the gift of your children. It’s also a time for you, as parents, to commit to model what following Jesus looks like and to raise your children to understand that they are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, to believe that the Bible is absolute Truth, and to know the importance of committing to a community of faith through the local church.

During the dedication service, parents promise before God, their family, and the church to raise their child in a God-honoring way. Because parents are the key role models for their children, we ask that they commit to the following before registering for baby dedication:

PARENT COMMITMENTS

  • Parents have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Parents are regular attenders of Radiant’ weekend services and are following Christ in their own life.
  • Parents have attended our Next Steps class and agree with our church’s beliefs and values, which can be found in our Statement of Faith.
  • Parents commit to modeling personal purity and to lead by example in matters of faith and conduct. That means living a life of sexual purity according to God’s standards.
  • Parents have watched Radiant’s Baby Dedication video and make a list of who you want your child to become.
If you have any questions about these commitments, feel free to talk to your Location Kids Director or email our Kids Ministry Director, Delia Cornwell

FAQ’s

Do I need to be a member to dedicate my baby?
You do not need to be a member of Radiant Church to dedicate your baby. We do ask that families call Radiant home, because in dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you are willing to partner with God and the Church to raise your child in cooperation with God’s intentions. As your church family, we are here to partner with you as the body of Christ and support you as a family unit.
Can a single parent participate in a baby dedication service?
Yes! Baby dedication signifies the commitment of parents, including single parents, to do their best to raise their child to be a follower of Jesus Christ. As a church, Radiant is committed to supporting single parents in providing a Christian foundation for their child’s upbringing.
We just adopted our child. Can we dedicate our child?
Absolutely! Here at Radiant Church, we highly value our foster and adopted families. Once your adoption is finalized, we would love to dedicate your child and come together as a church family to support your family as you commit to build a foundation in Jesus for your new child!
Is dedication the same as baptism?
Radiant Church believes baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Jesus alone for their salvation, once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means.

Dedication is not a sacrament; nor does it impart grace or salvation to a child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their sinfulness and receives forgiveness and eternal life through him and his work on the cross
Rather than baptizing infants, we encourage a dedication ceremony, where parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.

What should I expect for Baby Dedication?

Baby Dedication occurs after worship during our Sunday morning service. We value the personalized attention for each dedication, so your family will have a special time to go on stage with your location pastor. During the dedication, your pastor will introduce your child to their Church Family and parents will publicly commit to help their child grow in their faith and to raise them in a home centered on Jesus. The pastor and church family will then pray over your family, and present a Bible, certificate, book and special letter to each the child.

When is Baby Dedication?
Baby Dedication takes place on the last Sunday of the month at every location. We encourage you to invite friends and family to attend, so that they can join you in praying and celebrating this special time with you.