Parent Commitment and 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. We dedicate children up to the age of 7. Dedications are held four times a year with a limit of eight families per service.

We are tentatively planning on holding our next Child Dedication in spring of 2021. If you are interested in being part of a future dedication, please email Tracey Smith at to have your name placed on a list. Once confirmation of our next dedication happens, you will receive an email with a link to fill out an inquiry. You can check back on this page for future updates.


Contact Dawn Sterner at 717-755-0089 x 131

Please review the questions below to see if this service is right for you.

  • 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?

    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?

    A parent who is single is welcome to present their children to the Lord alone, provided they are committed to raising the child in a Christian home environment. Because child dedication involves making a commitment as a family to follow the Lord, parents co-habitating outside of marriage would be unable to make this vow or participate in the ceremony. If you would like further information, please contact Cass Delp.

  • 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.