We are glad you are exploring child dedication at Heartland. There are several weekends on which we do child dedications. There is also the option to have your child's dedication done in your small group.
Upcoming Heartland Child Dedication Weekends
- October 12 & 13, 2019 (Registration deadline September 27, 2019)
- December 21 & 22, 2019 (Registration deadline December 6, 2019)
- February 15 & 16, 2020 (Registration deadline January 31, 2020)
- May 9 & 10, 2020 (Registration deadline April 24, 2020)
If you would like to register your child for one of these dates please take a few minutes to read through the below information on child dedication at Heartland and then Click Here to register or contact Kristy MacGillivray (firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-467-7005).
What Does the Bible Say About Child Dedication
At Heartland Alliance Church the Bible is our authority and guide in all matters of faith and practice.
- I Samuel 1:24-28 (Hannah presenting Samuel)
- Luke 2:22 (Joseph and Mary presenting Jesus)
The public act of dedicating a child to God is a direct response to the Scriptures that teach
1. Children are a gift from God.
Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3)
2. A child’s spiritual life is vitally important.
Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.” (Luke 17:1-2)
3. Parents are “stewards”, raising children according to God’s plan, therefore, parents dedicate themselves as well as their child. With Child Dedication parents are publicly declaring a commitment to raise their children according to God’s plan. They will be God’s representatives in their children’s lives, to do everything possible to create a healthy environment, at home and within the Christian community, for their children to grow up knowing and loving God.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." (Deuteronomy 5:9-10)
4. Parents need God’s help to raise, guide and protect children.
…God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, the Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid… (Hebrews 13:5-6)
5. There is a blessing to those who honor God, not just for themselves but for their children and their children’s children.
I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the children with the sins of the father to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep my commandments. (Deuteronomy 5:9-10)
6. The vows that parents make are not only a declaration to God and the people present but also to the spiritual realm as well.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
7. As the Body of Christ and spiritual family, we, the church, enter into an accountability relationship with the parents, accepting help from one another when necessary or beneficial.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:1-2)
8. Dedication of children is not an expression of faith on the child's part in any way. The Scriptures teach that every person must personally repent of their own sins and make an individual profession of faith. Parents cannot do this for their children.
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord... (Acts 3:19)