We are thrilled you are considering dedicating your child to the Lord at River Valley Church. We currently dedicate children at several times a year.
2023 Dedications are:
Feb 11th & 12th
May 13th & 14th
August 12th & 13th
November 18th & 19th
First, we want to make sure that all parents with a child being dedicated understand and have the opportunity to ask any questions regarding why we encourage and offer Child Dedications instead of an Infant Baptism. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions segment below for additional information. For any further questions, please contact Katrina Severson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (952) 255-8800.
If you are in agreement and wish to sign up to have your child dedicated, please complete this registration process and we will contact you with more information and to confirm your service time and location.
Service times for Child Dedications are currently on a first-come, first-serve basis. Child Dedications take place during our Saturday 4pm service, as well as our Sunday 9am and 11am services.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the belief of River Valley Church concerning infant baptism and child dedication?
Following Scripture as our guide, everyone (adult and child) who recognizes their need of a Savior then repents and believes in Christ should be baptized (Acts 2:38, 41; 8:36-38).
In the Bible, there is no record of infants or very young children being baptized. We believe this is because they are not yet able to understand their need for salvation.
Undoubtedly, God places a high priority on children! When asked who is the greatest in the Kingdom of God, Jesus responded, “Unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:3, NLT)
In Luke 2, the parents of Jesus take Him to the temple “to present Him to the Lord.” (Luke 2:22). Later, the Gospels tell us that little children and infants were brought to Jesus for Him to bless them (Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17). In following this practice, we encourage parents to publicly dedicate their children to the Lord. In dedicating their child, the parents acknowledge the child as a gift from God and vow, before Him and those present, to set a godly example for the child and commit to lead the child to Christ at an early age.
As a child matures and recognizes their need for Salvation, we encourage baptism as a public act of obedience to Scripture and following the example of Jesus Christ.
What should I wear?
River Valley Church is very casual! Feel free to wear jeans and a t-shirt, or whatever you feel most comfortable in. Parents of the children being dedicated usually prefer to dress up a little more because they will be on the stage during the Dedication.
What is the service like?
The service will be a regular River Valley Church weekend service. We begin with music in a time of worship. After a brief welcome the Child Dedications will take place and the families will be invited to come on stage. The pastors ask the parents questions about their dedication, pray with them and present them with flowers that represent their lives and roles in their child’s life. Then they will ask the church to pray with the families and commit to help them raise the children being dedicated. After the Dedication, the pastor will do a teaching and dismiss the congregation. The entire service lasts about an hour. River Valley Church is associated with the Assemblies of God denomination.
Is there childcare?
We would love for you to bring your kids! They will usually have more fun in the children’s area. Upon entering the Campus, stop by the Family Registration Desk in order to check-in as a First-Time Guest. Let them know you are visiting so they can gather some information in the event they need to get a hold of you during the service. You will receive an identification number and the volunteers will direct you to where you can drop your kids off. If your child has a need during the service, your number will appear on the Main Auditorium screen to call you back to the children’s area.
We look forward to celebrating this special celebration with you!
Early Childhood Pastor
Registration opens on Sunday, October 1, 2023