Parent-Child Dedication is an exciting occasion when parents commit before God and our church to raising their child in the ways of God and in the knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ. To help you prepare for this significant event in your family’s life, Lakes Free Church offers a Family Dedication class for parents or guardians interested in pursuing dedication. We trust that this one-session class will be a great blessing to your family and a significant part of your dedication experience.
Expectations of Parents
To pursue Parent-Child dedication Lakes Free Church requires the following of parents.
1. Christian Parent(s)
We expect that either one or both parents (or guardians) of any family pursuing dedication are Christian. Dedication is a commitment to God before the church body to raise and to parent your child in a way that is honoring to God. Therefore, our expectation is that at least one parent has made a personal commitment to Christ and trusted in His death and resurrection for salvation.
2. Regular Attenders
We expect that either one or both parents (or guardians) of any family pursuing dedication are regular attenders of our congregation. As dedication is a commitment to God to raise your child in a way honoring to God, we believe that regular participation in worship and the community life of the church are foundational to that commitment. Along with that, dedication is a community-oriented commitment, where the church body also commits to supporting your family. That can only happen if you’re regularly engaged in the corporate life of our church.
3. Agreement with Lakes Free Church’s Beliefs and Vision
We expect that either one or both parents (or guardians) of any family pursuing dedication agrees with Lakes Free Church’s Beliefs and Vision. An important part of being involved in our community is embracing our beliefs about who God is and the values that He has called us to.
4. Modeling Christian Integrity and Commitment to Christ
We expect that either one or both parents (or guardians) of any family pursuing dedication are seeking to model Christian integrity and commitment to Christ. We believe that the grace that saves us is also the grace that transforms us to be more like Christ. Thus, we expect that one or both parents are striving toward a lifestyle of integrity and faithfulness to Christ: this would include a biblically faithful approach to sex and marriage. For more information please refer to Lakes Free Church’s Policy on Marriage and Human Sexuality.
If you have any further questions or wish to learn more about upcoming Family Dedication Class opportunities, please feel free to contact Pastor Stephen Moore.