***IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE***
As you read below, you’ll see that we normally have parents and kids come up on stage on Child Dedication Sunday. This year we are going to provide both in-person and online options for the parent seminars AND record the child dedication times in advance with a pastor and your family to create a safer environment for you and your child. We will show the videos of these moments on Child Dedication Sunday and you are welcome to attend worship in person that Sunday or watch the worship service from home if you aren’t ready to bring your newborn into the auditorium.
“Your Child First” Parent Seminar & Child Dedication Sunday
— Fall 2020: Parents only need to attend 1 of the 4 parent seminars before Child Dedication Sunday (10/18/20)
— Interested in registering? Click here to learn more and register.
Child Dedication | Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How can I register my child?
Go to the “Events” Page on the NorthBridge Church website. In the list of events you should see Child Dedication. Open that event up and click the link to register.
How much does it cost to register for Child Dedication?
Child Dedication at NorthBridge Church is provided for free. The parent seminars, materials, and Child Dedication Sunday are provided free of charge.
Why should I participate in Child Dedication?
We love seeing so many new families at NorthBridge. We really do love it when you are here. Our preference is to partner with parents as they make a spiritual impact in their child’s life. That is why we do Child Dedication.
Child Dedication is Milestone #1 in our Milestone Moments strategy for partnering with parents to help kids grow spiritually. To learn more about our other Milestone Moments and how we help you guide your child from birth through high school graduation, click here.
Child Dedication has two parts: 1) a seminar for a parents and 2) a worship service for parents, children, extended family, and friends where we commission the parents and/or caregivers towards being a spiritual influence at home. In some ways you could say that it is as much Child Dedication as it is Parent/Caregiver Commissioning. But don’t worry, we are here to help and we will give you some good resources to help you impact your child.
Do I need to be a good Christian to participate in Child Dedication? What if I have done some things I’m not proud of?
Great news! There is no such thing as a “good” Christian. We all sin and fall short of living up to God’s standard. God sent His Son Jesus to live a perfect life, die for you, and then resurrected Him so that we could all have victory over sin.
We aren’t perfect. You aren’t perfect. Our church isn’t perfect. Jesus is perfect.
As a parent on Child Dedication Sunday you are committing to partner with NorthBridge in making a spiritual impact on your child. We are committing to serve you along the way, provide resources for you, give instruction during parent seminars, and help connect you and your child to various ministries like Stepping Stones for kids, Axis Junior High for Middle Schoolers, and Axis Senior High for High Schoolers.
What if my family came to NorthBridge when our kids were toddlers or grade school, can we still do Child Dedication?
We always love having 5-10 children who are toddlers through grade school on stage with the families with babies. Register soon to ensure your child’s information and picture is included on the big screen and to make sure your family gets a free gift.
What if I am a single parent?
We love all parents and love it when single parents, blended families, grandparents, two parent homes, adoptive parents, and other caregivers are here to participate.
Why don’t you call it Parent Commissioning?
Good question! On Child Dedication Sunday your child will be recognized and your family celebrated as we commit as a congregation to partnering with you as you help your child grow spiritually. We will pray for you on that day and commission you to help your child grow spiritually but we will also walk forward with you.
What if I don’t like to talk in public?
Good news! You don’t have to say anything on Child Dedication Sunday other than answer two questions with the answer “yes.” That’s easy enough.
We will do all the talking, we will introduce you, your child, and your family to the congregation, we’ll put your child’s picture on the big screen, and we’ll pray for you.
What if I have more than one child?
No problem at all. We routinely have families who are dedicating more than one child during the ceremony and it is fun to see the whole family together.
What if my baby is kind of fussy?
Babies can be fussy, don’t worry about it if your child needs to feed or has a diaper blowout or any other issue. Our goal is to serve you on that day and we will be flexible with what will serve you and your family best.
What if my baby doesn’t like to be held by others?
We want you to do what is best for your child. Some families like for the pastor to hold their child while their child is being prayed for. Other families elect to hold their baby the whole time and the pastor comes alongside the family to pray for them.
Our desire is to make sure you, your child, and family are comfortable.
What should I bring on Child Dedication Sunday?
Bring whatever you need to take care of your child. We ask that you arrive at Northbridge Church a little early (around 8:30 or 8:45am for the 1st service; around 10:15 or 10:30 for the 2nd service). This gives you time to find a seat, to speak to the Child Dedication coordinator, and to ensure everything is ready to go before the service.
What will I be taking home?
We will have a gift for each family participating in Child Dedication Sunday. If your child is still a baby, you’ll want to ask a family member to take your gift and carry it to the car after the service so that you don’t have to manage a child and also the gift we’ll provide.
Interested in registering your child for Child Dedication? Click here to view the events page to find the next Child Dedication date where you can register.
If you have questions, please email the Milestone Moments team at firstname.lastname@example.org.