BAPTISM & dEDICATION

It is our hope that this important milestone will be the beginning of a partnership between Central and families that spans the lifetime of each child who participates. As parents, they will play a significant role in the spiritual journey of their child. We want to encourage parents to surround themselves and their children with people who embody the characteristics they’d like their child to one day portray. We also want to challenge parents to widen the circle of influence to include Central, their local church.

At Central, we love to welcome children into our family of faith.  We do this in two ways: through baptism and dedication.

In baptism, we celebrate that God chooses us in love long before we have done anything to deserve it or are even able to love him back.  (We also love when older children and adults respond to his love by asking to be baptized!) In baptism, we believe that the child is received into God’s family, begins their journey of faith, and is connected to Jesus in a special way.  Through a mystery we can’t quite explain, God uses the water and words to communicate his love to the child and claim the child as His own. During the baptism, the parents are asked to affirm the Christian faith and promise to continue to teach their children about the life following Jesus. The congregation is also asked to commit themselves to this family in support, love and prayer.  Because this is a community event, we encourage parents to be moving toward membership at Central, in order to make those promises most meaningful.

In dedication, parents commit before God and our church community to raise their child in a God-honoring way. We as a church community commit to come alongside and support these families as they do that. Unlike baptism, dedication is not a sacrament.

In both instances, we believe Psalm 127:3, which says, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” We celebrate the gift of each child and hope to establish a partnership between the church and the family to help parents help their child develop a faith of their own.

Our next Baptism/Dedication Sunday will take place May 12, 2024.

Please contact Kathie Phillips (kathie@centralpc.org) with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before Baptism/Dedication Sunday...

Do I need to be a member of Central to have my child baptized/dedicated?

While membership is encouraged, it’s not required. We do highly encourage families to be on the track toward membership. It’s our desire to join hands with you as you raise your child to have a relationship with Jesus and we feel that’s best done in community with other believers.

What is the difference between baptism and dedication?

It is our hope that this important milestone will be the beginning of a partnership between Central and families that spans the lifetime of each child who participates. As parents, they will play a significant role in the spiritual journey of their child. We want to encourage parents to surround themselves and their children with people who embody the characteristics they’d like their child to one day portray. We also want to challenge parents to widen the circle of influence to include Central, their local church.

At Central, we love to welcome children into our family of faith.  We do this in two ways: through baptism and dedication.

In baptism, we celebrate that God chooses us in love long before we have done anything to deserve it or are even able to love him back.  (We also love when older children and adults respond to his love by asking to be baptized!) In baptism, we believe that the child is received into God’s family, begins their journey of faith, and is connected to Jesus in a special way.  Through a mystery we can’t quite explain, God uses the water and words to communicate his love to the child and claim the child as His own. During the baptism, the parents are asked to affirm the Christian faith and promise to continue to teach their children about the life following Jesus. The congregation is also asked to commit themselves to this family in support, love and prayer.  Because this is a community event, we encourage parents to be moving toward membership at Central, in order to make those promises most meaningful.

In dedication, parents commit before God and our church community to raise their child in a God-honoring way. We as a church community commit to come alongside and support these families as they do that. Unlike baptism, dedication is not a sacrament.

In both instances, we believe Psalm 127:3, which says, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” We celebrate the gift of each child and hope to establish a partnership between the church and the family to help parents help their child develop a faith of their own.

Is there a limit to how many guests I can invite?

There is no guest limit; just let us know how many you’re expecting.

What do I need to do between now and the day of the Baptism/Dedication?

If this is your first time having your child baptized or dedicated, you will need to meet with one of Central’s pastors and the Next Gen Director. During this meeting, we will learn a little about your family, why you want to have your child baptized or dedicated, explain what will take place during the ceremony, and answer any questions you may have. Our Next Gen Director will also share information about Central Kids, our Children’s Ministry, and ways we want to come alongside your family. And be sure to invite your friends and family to join you on your child’s special day!

If you’ve already had a child baptized or dedicated at Central, we will reach out with details about the day of.

The Day of Baptism/Dedication Sunday...

What time should we arrive?

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the service start time so that we can go over any last-minute details with you

What should we wear?

Whatever you and your child will feel most comfortable in! Some people dress casually in jeans, while others wear more formal attire or family heirloom attire. The choice is totally yours..

Where should we sit?

We will reserve seats at the front of the Worship Center or Sanctuary for you and your family..