Child Dedication

A custom of presenting infants to the Lord in a simple dedication ceremony during a regular worship service in the church. The practice seems to have developed gradually among the church pastors, without official action by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The purpose is to acknowledge with gratitude the goodness of God, who has brought the children into Christian homes; to help parents recognize the serious responsibility of teaching and training the children from earliest years for the service of God; and to acknowledge the claim the children have upon the prayers and the services of the church. A typical dedication service might take the following form: Appropriate scriptures, such as Deut. 6:4–7 ; Matt. 18:10 , 5 , 14 , are read as the parents stand before the pulpit holding their ch...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.