Child Dedication

The Child Dedication Service is a parent commitment service. The service is viewed as a promise between you and the church to raise your child in a godly way until your child is old enough to make the decision to accept Christ as his or her personal Savior. We dedicate children up to the age of 7. Dedications are held four times a year with a limit of eight families per service.

Questions?

Contact Dawn Sterner at 717-755-0089 x 131
I would like to dedicate my child
  • Do I have to be a member of the church to dedicate my child?

    No, you do not need to be a member of the church to dedicate your child but you are required to attend Living Word for at least 4 months according to our database.

  • Are there any requirements for participating in a child dedication ceremony?

    Yes.
    You are required to attend a child dedication class.
    You must attend Living Word for a minimum of 4 months.

  • I’m not married, can I dedicate my child?

    You may dedicate your child as a single parent.

  • How old does my child have to be to participate in a child dedication ceremony?

    We dedicate children birth to 7 years of age.

  • When are child dedication ceremonies offered?

    We hold child dedication ceremonies 4 times a year.  We typically have one in the winter, spring, summer and fall.  Ceremonies take place at 4:00 pm in the Life Center.

  • Is this an infant baptism?

    No.  We believe that a child must be old enough to understand what it means to put their faith in Jesus Christ before they can be baptized.

  • What kind of commitment am I making?

    You are committing to providing a loving Christian home, living out the Good News of Christ’s love and grace, attending church regularly, praying faithfully and parenting your child purposefully with Christian values in a manner that honors Christ.

  • What is Child Dedication?

    A Child Dedication service is an opportunity for parents to publicly declare their intent to raise their child in a way that honors God.