Christian Family Church International, Mauritius believes children are a gift from God. It is therefore our custom to set apart children unto the Lord. We do not baptize or christen children. Christian children, too young to be water baptized, are dedicated to God.
What is baby/child dedication?
The word "dedication" means "to consecrate" or the act of setting apart people or things to serve God.
Child dedication is a public commitment you make before God, your church, and your family. The dedication service provides you, the parent(s), an opportunity to express publicly your desire to lead and spiritually nurture your child in in the Word of God and in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, so your child will develop a desire to love God and love others.
In the Old Testament, we see how Hannah prayed for a child and promised God that the child, Samuel, would be given to the Lord all the days of his life (1 Samuel 1:11, 28). In the New Testament, we see how Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple to "present" Him to the Lord (Luke 2:22).
"Then were there brought unto Him little children, that He should
put His hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But
Jesus said, 'Suffer (which literally means to allow or to permit) little
children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the
kingdom of heaven.' And He laid His hands on them, and departed thence."
Jesus taught that just as a child is totally
dependent upon his or her parents, we, as the children of God, should
likewise be totally dependent upon our Heavenly Father.
Do I need to be a member of the church?
We encourage parents to make sure they are calling Christian Family Church International their home church.
Why? In dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you are willing to partner with God and the church to raise your child in cooperation with God’s intentions. To partner with any church, a parent would be wise to decide if he or she agrees with its beliefs and vision, so they can be "all-in" in their partnership with the church.
What happens at the baby dedication?
During the dedication service, parents express vows before God, their family, and the church, declaring their desire to raise their child in a God-honoring way. Because parents are the key role models for their children, they play a primary role in the dedication service.
The pastors will lay our hands on the child, praying a prayer of dedication. We pray that these children will be healthy both physically and mentally; that they will function on the highest level which God intended, free from any type of impairment all the days of their lives, walking in divine health.
We pray the prayer of faith that each child will, at an early age, come into an accurate knowledge of Jesus as Savior and Lord; that these children will be filled with the Holy Spirit; and that they will be children, teenagers, and adults full of the Word of God and of Faith, walking in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We then pray for the responsibilities of the parents.
Parents will be asked to affirm the following commitments:
- Do you receive this child with gratitude, as God’s gift to you and your family?
- Do you commit to each other as parents, creating a stable environment in which your child can mature? Will you make a covenant to strengthen your marriage relationship?
- Do you commit to be parents of personal faith, recognizing your children are more likely to follow God’s path by the model they first observe in you?
- Do you commit to lead a faith-filled home that honors God in all your relationships and in the choices you make in spiritually growing your family?
- Do you commit to be parents with patience, recognizing that with your inherent strengths and weaknesses, your desire to shape your child is a loving act that will require time, prayer, and God in order to produce in your children what He and you hope for?
We then pray that the parents will let the wisdom of God permeate their actions; that they will not abuse these children, and that they will guide and train these children up by being examples of godly Christians living and teaching them the precepts of God's Word.
After we pray these prayers on behalf of
the children and their parents with the rest of the congregation
praying with us in agreement.
What age should my child be?
We recommend that children be dedicated during the first 9 months. Children respond more favorably to public presentation at this age. If your child is older, a date can be arranged when one of the pastors will pray over your child at the altar following a service.
Can parents assign god-parents?
Can I choose my own date?
Please contact our church office for more information and a date for the dedication.
Christian Family Church Int.
Trunk Road, Port Louis
Tel: +230 5290 8886
+230 5293 8886
Fax: +230 216 2721