Child Dedication

We are excited that you are interested in dedicating your child to the Lord. The purpose of Child Dedication is for parents to present their child before God and the church, committing to seek after His grace and wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities.

We believe, just as Psalm 127:3 says, that “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” Child Dedication is a time for us to celebrate and thank God for the gift of your children! It’s also a time for you, as parents, to commit to model what following Jesus looks like and to raise your children to understand that they are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, to believe that the Bible is absolute Truth, and to know the importance of committing to a community of faith through the local church.

Parent Commitments

During the dedication at our gatherings, parents promise before God, their family, and the church to raise their child in a God-honoring way.

Because parents are the key role models for their children, we ask that they commit to the following before dedicating their child:
  1.  Parent(s) have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  2.  Parent(s) are regular attenders of  Mountain West's weekend services and are following Christ in their own life.
  3.  Parent(s) commit to modeling personal purity and to lead by example in matters of faith and conduct. That means living a life of sexual purity according to God's standards.

Common Questions

Do I need to be a member of Mountain West Church to dedicate my child?

You do not need to be a member of Mountain West to dedicate your child. We do ask that families call Mountain West home, because 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. As your church family, we are here to partner with you as the body of Christ and support you as a family unit.

Can a single parent participate in a Child Dedication Gathering?

Yes! Child dedication signifies the commitment of parents, including single parents, to do their best to raise their child to be a follower of Jesus Christ. We encourage single parents to include any important figures in their child’s life to be a part of the dedication. As a church, Mountain West is committed to supporting single parents in providing a Christian foundation for their child’s upbringing.

Is Child Dedication the same as Baptism?

Mountain West believes Baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust and follow Jesus for their salvation, once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means.

Dedication is not a sacrament; nor does it impart grace or salvation to a child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their sinfulness and receives forgiveness and eternal life through Him and His work on the cross.

Rather than baptizing infants or toddlers, we encourage a dedication ceremony, where parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.

What should I expect for Child Dedication?

Child Dedication happens during our three Gatherings. At a specific moment during our Gathering, parents will be called up with their children to publicly commit them to the Lord as a pastor prays over each family. After the Gathering, each family is presented with a certificate and a dedication book for their child(ren).

When is Parent/Child Dedication?

The Mountain West Next Gen. Team will reach out and provide more information on the upcoming dedications. All you have to do is fill out the form.

Have Questions about Child Dedication?

Let us know! We would love to help you.