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.
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.
We encourage parents to make sure they are calling Christian Family Church International their home church.
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.
Parents will be asked to affirm the following commitments:
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.
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.