At the Journey, we believe children are a beautiful gift from God and we want to celebrate and rejoice with you as parents of this blessing. We want you to know about our upcoming Baby Dedication, which is a night for new parents to come together to celebrate, learn and commit to building a strong family and raising godly children.
We believe that Baby Dedication is not simply about the children, but also about empowering and equipping great parents. Our evening together will include:
- A time of teaching to give you practical truths to utilize as you raise your child
- Portraits taken of your family and of your child
- A dedication ceremony and prayer time
- Delicious appetizers
Baby Dedication will take place on:
Orange City campus — Tuesday, May 30 6pm-8pm
Sanford campus — Thursday, June 1 6pm-8pm.
Families who participate in Baby Dedication will be presented during one of our services on Father’s Day weekend, June 17-18.
Listed below are frequently asked questions about Baby Dedication. Take time to review them to find answers to any questions you may have. For unanswered questions, feel free to contact Laurie Molina, Children’s Ministry Director @ laurie.molina@theJourney or John Sellers, Family Pastor @ john.sellers@theJourney.cc
What do I have to do to participate in Baby Dedication?
- Have a personal relationship with Jesus.
- Be a regular attender at the Journey.
- Be the parent or legal guardian of the child.
- Read and affirm that you understand and agree with our Commitment to Preserving Purity and Marriages
- Answer these questions in the affirmative:
- Do you acknowledge your child as a gift from God?
- Do you commit yourself to live a godly life before your child so that he or she will have an example to follow?
- Do you commit yourself to give your child the opportunity to hear the gospel so that he or she might be able to have a personal relationship with Christ?
- Do you commit yourself to raise your child in the instruction and discipline of the Lord?
- Do you commit to take steps to establish a godly household that follows His design for marriage & family?
Do I need to be a member of the Journey to have my baby dedicated?
No! You do not need to be a member of the Journey to have your child dedicated. We do encourage parents to make sure they are calling the Journey their home church. Why? 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. To partner with any church, a parent would be wise to decide if he or she agrees with its beliefs and vision, so they can be all-in in their partnership with the church.
When you choose to become a member at the Journey, you are stating that you agree with the Journey’s beliefs and values, and that you want the Journey to be your home church. For more information on membership, go to thejourney.cc/journey101.
Does the Journey baptize infants?
The Journey 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.
Rather than baptizing infants or children, the Journey 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.
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.
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.
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 need to receive forgiveness and eternal life through Christ and His work on the cross.
At what age can a child take part in a dedication service?
While the Journey does not have a set age requirement for Baby Dedication, the average age for a child to be dedicated is new 3 months- 36 months, 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 baby dedicated and want to have their older child dedicated at the same time.
Can a single parent participate in a child 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 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 Baby 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, the Journey is committed to supporting single parents in providing a Christian foundation for their child’s upbringing.