VCNP Child Dedication
Child Dedication at VCNP
The decision you make to dedicate your child is one of the most important you will ever make as a parent. As you dedicate your child to the Lord for His plans and purposes, you are publicly committing before the church body that you will raise your child "...in the training and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4
Here at the Vineyard, we do all we can to make this a memorable and enjoyable occasion for your family, from providing invitation cards you can personalize and send out to your friends and family to a free reception for your family and friends, where you can meet your children's ministry pastor and coordinators, and receive tools that will help you as you parent your precious little one.
We encourage you to invite your friends and family to the dedication ceremony and reception to help you celebrate this important decision in your life as a parent.
In preparation for the ceremony, parents will be asked to attend a dedication class. You will learn the biblical basis for dedicating your child and the importance of laying a godly foundation in their life.
Upcoming 2017 Child Dedication Dates
Class: January 29
Ceremony: February 4
Class: April 23
Ceremony: April 29
Class: July 30
Ceremony: August 5
Class: October 15
Ceremony: October 21
What should I do if I want to dedicate my child at Vineyard Church?
If you decide to dedicate your child here at Vineyard Church, you will need to register for one of our four yearly dedication ceremonies by completing the application found in the Child Dedication Brochure and placing it in the offering basket or turning it into the Information Center in the Auditorium. By registering, you are agreeing to attend the mandatory Parenting Class. Once your application is turned in, you will be contacted and given more specific information. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Hernandez at 623.934.4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
What is Child Dedication
Child Dedication is a commitment made by parents to God, giving themselves to the work of laying a godly foundation in the life of their child that will be built upon for years to come. We are asking God to give us the tools we need to raise our child into a morally upright individual with godly character.
What is the difference between Infant Baptism and Child Dedication
All of us come from different backgrounds and bring different expectations to this ceremony. Some of you or your family members have had experience with infant baptism.
Dedication is not the same as baptism. Through dedicating a child, parents are making a commitment to raise that child according to God's Word and His ways. It is important to understand that dedication is not about the child's salvation; instead, it is about the parent's decision to raise that child in the training and instruction of the Lord so they can later make a personal decision to follow Jesus Christ.
Do both parents have to participate in the dedication of the child?
No, but both are welcome - even if one parent does not attend VCNP as long as they are in agreement with the guidelines of Child Dedication.
Note: Parents in a cohabitating situation will be asked to wait until they are married to dedicate their child. We believe scripture is clear with regards to God's best in this area of family life.
Do I have to be a member of VCNP to dedicate my child?
No. As long as at least one of the parents has attended VCNP on a regular basis for four months or longer and the parent is in alignment with the guidelines of Child Dedication.
Can anyone other than a parent or parents dedicate a child?
We understand that there are many different family dynamics in our society today. However, unless the person wishing to dedicate the child is ultimately responsible for the care and upbringing of that child, they will not be allowed to dedicate the child.