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Children's Dedication

01.12.15 | by Stephanie Jackson

    The Dedication of Children at North Wake

    Dedication: Sunday, November 5th, 2017

    Our next Child Dedication will take place on November 5th, 2017. At North Wake we greatly value the role parents and the church body play in the process of raising children to be wholehearted followers of Christ. If you would like to be a part of this year's dedication, please email Stephanie Jackson at  and provide your child(ren)'s first, middle, and last name as well as the hour you wish to dedicate.  Please plan to attend our mandatory child dedication meeting on October 29th directly after 2nd service in the worship center.


     At North Wake we greatly value the role parents and the church body play in the process of raising children to be wholehearted followers of Christ.

    At North Wake the public dedication of children serves three main purposes:

    1. Parents commit publicly to raise their children in the training and instruction of the Lord.

    Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Eph. 6:4

    It is our belief that Christ honoring parenting is one of life’s great challenges! We also believe that it requires the support of the body of Christ to be carried out in the most effective way. Hence, in dedicating our children in the worship services, our parents are really committing themselves to raise their children in the way of the Lord and are doing that in a fashion that invites the encouragement, accountability, and prayer support of the congregation. In this way, the whole church family also commits to their part in supporting the family in raising their children to follow Christ.

    2. To present these children to the Lord.

    I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD. l Sam. 1:27-28

    Parents who dedicate their children are also publicly making the acknowledgment that children are a gift from the Lord and that their hope is that God will use their children mightily to bring honor to His name and to strengthen and expand His kingdom.

    3. To seek God’s blessing.

    People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16 

    In the dedication of their children, parents are also seeking publicly Jesus’ blessing upon their children.  While this act does not determine a child’s salvation, it is our hope that it will be a significant starting point in their spiritual journey towards knowing God.


    A typical dedication service at North Wake is conducted two times each year during the Sunday morning worship services and involves the following elements:

    • Reading of Scripture (e.g. Mark 10.13)
    • Declaration of Intent

    The pastor will explain to the congregation the purpose of this part of the service by saying something like, “This morning we, as a church family, repent of the folly of the disciples and of our world in neglecting to value our children, and we invite Jesus to wrap his arms around these little ones and bless them. That blessing most freely flows into the lives of these children through the lives of their parents...parents who will model their faith, parents who will speak of their faith, parents who will pray for their children, and, like Hannah in the OT, acknowledge that their children are gifts on loan for his glory.”

    I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD. l Sam. 6:27-28

    “So this morning we are placing not only these little ones before the LORD, but their parents as well...”

    • Invite families to Come Forward

    At this point the parents and their children will come forward and are introduced to the congregation by name.

    • Public Commitment by Parents

    Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Eph. 6:4

    The parents are now asked to respond to the following questions...

        1. “-will you commit to train them, first and foremost by your example as you follow Christ wholeheartedly?”
        2. -“will you commit to train them by your teaching, actively communicating the truth of the word of God to your children?”
        3. -“will you pray for them regularly and raise them in the fellowship of a church that worships God and teaches his Word? respond by saying, ‘I Will’”
    • Invite Extended Family to Come Up and Small Group as Well

    The pastor will give a brief charge to the family and friends concerning their responsibility to support the family and model faith to the children.

    • Have Congregation Stand for Prayer

    The pastor will now charge the congregation concerning responsibility to support the family and model faith to the children.  He will then lead in a time of prayer.


    If this brief explanation has raised any questions concerning the dedication of children at North Wake, please contact Larry Trotter or Stephanie Jackson in the church office (919-556-1546).