At Waterstone, Parent-Child Dedication is a spiritual celebration marking a parent's commitment to guide his or her child to follow Christ in a lifelong journey. It is a time for parents to consider how they will model their faith and whom they will ask to be a spiritual support along the parenting journey. A portion of the ceremony takes place during our weekend services with a time of congregational prayer and recognition of the participating families. The official ceremony and celebration lunch takes place with friends and family after our Sunday services.
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Preparing for the Celebration
All parents need to attend the mandatory informational meeting held two weeks prior to the ceremony. We ask parents to provide 5-6 photos, a Bible verse that exemplifies their hope for the child, and a letter written to the child to share during the ceremony. We provide additional details at the informational meeting.
What To Expect at the Celebration
Participating families are encouraged to invite family and close friends to attend. We ask that you invite people in your life whom you believe to be spiritual support for your family. The ceremony will include a presentation of the child and a time of prayer and commitment for the parents. Additionally, community members, including friends and family, will read a prayer of commitment to support and pray for the child. The celebration includes a catered lunch for all guests with reserved tables for each family.
For more information, please contact Rachel Pyburn.
A Final Note
Please note that this is not an infant baptism. We believe that when people are old enough to understand what it means to put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior, they should have the opportunity to make that choice for themselves. A young child is not able to understand sin, forgiveness, the sacrifice Jesus made for us, and what it means to have a relationship with Jesus. This event is about your commitment as a parent to lead your child into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, so that as he gets older, you are able to guide him and to help him understand what that means.