About Child Dedication
Even though we call it child dedication, the ceremony is really more about the commitment between the child's parents and our church community.
We ask all parents dedicating their children to affirm the following commitments:
- Pray with your child/ren daily
- Teach them about Jesus and God's redemptive and all inclusive love
- Faithfully attend church with your child/ren
- Model a Christ-like life in your home, in your marriage and as parents.
Here at Willow, we have two ways to dedicate your child:
1. Participate in one of our dedication services:
We are adjusting how we offer dedication services based on current CDC guidelines. If you are interested in dedicating your child, please email [email protected]. We will contact you once we schedule our next service.
2. If you are part of a section community, a Group Life Pastor or your section leader may be available to do a private ceremony for your family and friends. If you are interested in this option, please contact Kylee Pantanella at [email protected]
Does Willow baptize infants?
Scripture provides evidence that Baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48). And the New Testament records the baptisms of adult believers only.
Rather than baptizing infants or children, Willow encourages Christian parents to dedicate their children. This is a ceremony in which parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.
In the Bible, we find parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them, prayed for them, and told us to welcome them. But He did not baptize them and He did not tell anyone else to baptize them. Willow Creek believes Baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation, once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means.
At what age can a child take part in a dedication service?
While Willow does not have a set age requirement for child dedication, it is open to infants and children up to 12 years of age.
Can a single parent participate in a child dedication service?
Yes! Child dedication signifies the commitment of parents (including single parents) to do their best to raise their child to be a follower of Christ. Additionally, we highly encourage single parents to dedicate their child as they commit themselves to raise him or her without the presence or partnership of a spouse. The decision to dedicate a child is not dependent upon the beliefs of the ex-spouse; however we encourage single parents to discuss child dedication with their ex-spouse. Ideally, both parents—even if not married—would still commit to the dedication of their child to God. We acknowledge that this is often not possible, and that it takes extra effort for a single parent to raise a child. As a church, Willow is committed to supporting single parents in providing a Christian foundation for their child’s upbringing.