Moments & Milestones
Our ministry wants to come alongside parents to help them craft their own approach to family discipleship. We believe that sincere family discipleship can take shape throughout moments and milestones.
Parent Commissioning &
God calls each parent to be the primary disciple-maker of their children. The Grace Kids ministry at Grace Community Church seeks to come alongside parents and equip them to fulfill that role. The Parent Commissioning and Child Dedication class is the first milestone.
Parent Commissioning and Child Dedication consists of three parts. Each of these parts are equally important and both parents need to attend.
Part 1 – Parent Commissioning & Child Dedication Class
During this class, parents will gain a better understanding of their God-given role as the primary faith trainers for their children and how Grace Kids will partner with them in the lifelong spiritual growth of their child and family. Parents will also examine the important and meaningful aspects of child dedication and learn how to prepare for the Celebration service.
Part 2 – Parent Commissioning & Child Dedication Video Taping
To help commemorate this milestone, a video of the parents’ commitment will be made and shared on Parent Commissioning/Child Dedication Celebration Day. During taping, parents will be interviewed using conversation-style questions and be asked to share about their child, family, personal story/testimony role as a parent and reasons for dedicating their child.
Part 3 – Parent Commissioning & Child Dedication Celebration Service
The Celebration Service takes place during one of the weekend services on the selected Celebration dates. During the service, commissioning and dedicating families, with their children, will come to the stage and stand before the congregation while the Grace Kids staff and pastor introduces them and acknowledges their desire to raise their children to love and serve the Lord. The church body will also have an opportunity to bless the families, pray for them, and commit to helping them along their parenting journey.
Q: Does Child Dedication “save” my child and may my child be baptized?
A: Child Dedication – What It Is Not. Child Dedication is not a means to salvation nor is it equivalent to baptism. We believe that baptism in the Bible is a sign that someone has come to believe in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation. Since a parent cannot believe for their children, we do not practice infant baptism. So, at Grace Community Church, we wait until children are old enough to trust the person and saving work of Jesus Christ and then, they may be baptized. We call that act “Believer’s Baptism.” If you have additional questions, a Grace Kids staff member or Grace Pastor is available for further conversation.
Q: I cannot make the scheduled Milestone class. May I still be commissioned and my child dedicated?
A: To ensure that parents are prepared for the taping and Celebration Service and grow in understanding of what it means to disciple their child, attending the Milestone class is necessary. Please plan to sign up for our next session.
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