All parents love their children and want health and happiness for them. Christian parents want more: we want our children to come to know, love, and follow Christ. We know that we cannot accomplish this on our own, and so we consciously invite God into our child-raising process. God loves to give us wisdom and grace in parenting. Sometimes he does this directly, other times He Acts through the local body of believers.
A Baby Dedication Ceremony is an opportunity for parents to vow their intention to raise their children according to biblical wisdom (1 Samuel 1:26-28), and for the assembled Body of Christ to promise to partner with parents in this adventure. Baby dedication is not the same thing as infant baptism. At a baby dedication, parents and their babies are invited up on the stage during a Sunday morning service, introduced, and then parents and congregation are led in their vows of commitment. Parents are encouraged to invite their family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to join them at church for this important event.