5 Steps to a Memorable Baby Dedication

Man on StairsReaching people is all about seizing opportunity. An easily overlooked opportunity is the occasion to dedicate babies. Baby dedications do not have to be a “blah” service. Give it some spice and a life beyond the event itself. I’m sure there are many good ideas I’ve never heard of. Please share your additional thoughts and give us as many practical ideas as you can. I’m a great proponent of Tom Peters concept, “Not Invented Here, but Stolen With Pride!” Any place there is a good idea that fits for me – I put the idea to work. Here are some things that worked for me.

1. As much as possible, proactively schedule the baby dedication on a Sunday that is good for getting additional people (grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) to attend. I tried to steer away from Easter, Mother’s Day , Father’s Day, Memorial and Labor Day. Those days either already had a focus or a significant travel weekend. Schedule the baby dedication at least three weeks in the future. These three weeks allows the parents time to invite their family members to attend. Announce the baby dedication early and often. Usually, there will be someone in the church, even the youngest of churches, who have a co-worker, neighbor or friend who is interested in “dedicating” their baby to the Lord. Cast a wide net. I did not worry about whether these parents are saved or lost – use the baby dedication as a chance to connect with the parents and to underline their parental responsibility toward their child. On an occasion or two we gave the parents cards to invite their family and friends. baby holding finger

2. Use the baby dedication to prepare to preach constructively and evangelistically to parents. Potential topics include – A. Impacting generations to come – Example: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob B. Faith Transition – Example: Timothy influenced by the unfeigned faith that was in those before him. C. Moments of decision – Example: the responsibility to parent is a hinge moment for a person to have faith, and obey the instruction to repent, be baptized in Jesus name and to be filled with the spirit.

3. Make the baby dedication personal – involve family members even if they are not part of the church. In dealing with new people, be ready for all sorts of attire, and all sorts of situations. Unwed moms, unwed dads, grandmothers who want their baby dedicated to Jesus. Remember what your goal is. It was my practice to make the baby dedication as individual as possible. I’d take the baby from parents, comment on his or her clothes, name, etc. Holding the baby I’d pray over him/her, then returning the child to parents – and would then lay hands on them. If the parents did not have their own family present I’d have someone from the church family come and stand alongside them. Make time for pictures.

4. Gifts – Norma would have a flower for Mom . . . and I’d have a “Baby’s first Bible” for Dad. A relatively inexpensive Bible we used for the gift was “Baby’s First Bible.” When I gave the fellow the Bible, I’d always instruct him to read the Bible stories to their children. I’d kid the fathers that I’d eventually be asking their kids if they’d read to them.   Try to have fun with the event.

Parents holding baby5. A personalized letter to the child, for the parents to give the child when he/she turns 16. The letter was always sealed in an envelope and on church letterhead. Parents would often ask what the letter said. My response: You’ll find out on their 16th birthday. The letters had the same basic premises, but always included a personalized paragraph or two and in some instances a hand-written note. These letters were a huge hit. A rough-up of the letter is at:  http://truth-publications.com/?p=956

If you’ve found this beneficial, or will at some point in the future pass it on to a friend. Now . . . what are you doing with baby dedications? Like you, I’m looking for new ideas to add to my tool box.

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7 Thoughts on 5 Steps to a Memorable Baby Dedication

  1. Could you send me a copy of the letter as well, please? Thank you.

    Thom

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    • Sent via email and here:

      Provided by Truth-Publications.com – Carlton L. Coon Sr.

      (Rough Draft of letter provided to be given to a child on their 16th birthday.)

      XXXXXX

      XXXX
      Daughter of xxx
      XXXX, XXX

      Dear XXXX,

      Congratulations on your sixteenth birthday. Your dad and mom’s car insurance just tripled. The insurance may well be their only gift to you this year . . . and for several years to come.

      It was my honor to get to be part of the service where you were dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ. It was a touching service. A couple years before you were born I was privileged to join your dad and mom in marriage. It was a beautiful ceremony. You were a beautiful addition to their family. It was such an honor that they asked me to be part of dedicating you.

      Your mom made sure you were dressed beautifully. Your mom was a special part of our life. When she was only a girl – quite a bit younger than you are now, she started coming to our Sunday School. Soon she wanted to come not only on Sunday morning, but every time we had church. For a period of time, your mom and her brother and sisters lived nearby so we were able to drive them to church. I watched her develop into a lovely young lady and now you follow her path.

      Now . . . as you reach this stage of your own life I want to encourage you to make the Lord Jesus Christ the focus of your life. Many things will tempt you but none of them have any lasting value. Quite often they will lead to ruin. I’m challenging you to keep God’s will in the main place in your life. Don’t spend time with the wrong crowd . . . evil fellowship will corrupt your good manners.

      I’m thankful to get to be part of your extended family. As such, I am available to listen and help as needed.

      In Christian Service,

      XXXXX
      Pastor

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  2. Is there another link that i can go to and read the letter that would be presented to them at 16? The link provided didn’t work.

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    • Hi, Sorry the link is broken. I’ll need to get that repaired. Also, my apologies for the delayed response. When back at my laptop I’ll send you the letter.

      Reply
    • Hello again,

      I hope this gets to you. The rough draft of the letter is below. Make each letter personal. I also sealed the envelopes.

      Provided by Truth-Publications.com – Carlton L. Coon Sr.

      (Rough Draft of letter provided to be given to a child on their 16th birthday.)

      XXXXXX

      XXXX
      Daughter of xxx
      XXXX, XXX

      Dear XXXX,

      Congratulations on your sixteenth birthday. Your dad and mom’s car insurance just tripled. The insurance may well be their only gift to you this year . . . and for several years to come.

      It was my honor to get to be part of the service where you were dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ. It was a touching service. A couple years before you were born I was privileged to join your dad and mom in marriage. It was a beautiful ceremony. You were a beautiful addition to their family. It was such an honor that they asked me to be part of dedicating you.

      Your mom made sure you were dressed beautifully. Your mom was a special part of our life. When she was only a girl – quite a bit younger than you are now, she started coming to our Sunday School. Soon she wanted to come not only on Sunday morning, but every time we had church. For a period of time, your mom and her brother and sisters lived nearby so we were able to drive them to church. I watched her develop into a lovely young lady and now you follow her path.

      Now . . . as you reach this stage of your own life I want to encourage you to make the Lord Jesus Christ the focus of your life. Many things will tempt you but none of them have any lasting value. Quite often they will lead to ruin. I’m challenging you to keep God’s will in the main place in your life. Don’t spend time with the wrong crowd . . . evil fellowship will corrupt your good manners.

      I’m thankful to get to be part of your extended family. As such, I am available to listen and help as needed.

      In Christian Service,

      XXXXX
      Pastor

      Reply
  3. Awesome ideas!

    Reply

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