Lord, help me. May I be parented by your grace and in turn give them the same.

The Common Rule

Child Dedication

At Summitview, we give parents an opportunity to express their commitment to train their children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6) through a child dedication ceremony. This ceremony is intended to bring formality to the covenant between the parents and God on behalf of the child.

Our next child dedications are Sunday, October 21.

Questions about Child Dedications

How is this different than infant baptism?

We believe that baptism is a ceremony reserved for new Christians as a symbol of their commitment to Jesus Christ. At the same time, we also value the spirit of “parental covenant” expressed in faith traditions that practice infant baptism. Summitview’s tradition of child dedication provides a ceremony signifying the commitment of parents to their children that does not include baptism.

What should I know about the actual ceremony?

Try to be early for the service and sit near an aisle in the front of the Auditorium.

One of the parents should plan to introduce your family and child’s name and age. We also ask parents to share a verse they are claiming for their child, or that they want to direct the parenting of their child. For the sake of time, you do not need to share the reason for choosing the verse, just the verse itself.

Is there anything to sign?

We ask that parents read through the “Dedication of Commitment” form (PDF). For families who sign up before the ceremony, certificates will be available for pick-up. If you are not able to sign up in advance, please notify contact Debbie Campbell at debbiecampbell@summitview.com.