All are invited to join with families being dedicated to the Lord. Participating families will be introduced at the beginning of the 9:00 and 10:45 worship services. There is a focused time of celebration and prayer in D-21/22 (10:45am, hosted by the Couples Sunday morning gathering).
PBC Family Dedication: Setting Apart our Children, Our Parents, and Our Church Family
Parents often wish to join with others to celebrate and publicly praise God for His gift of a child, and to ask for His perfect protection over their child until the day when they can, and hopefully will, decide to put their faith in Jesus as their own Lord and Savior. The position of Peninsula Bible Church is to support family dedication. Dedication means “to be holy, to set apart, to consecrate”.
On this day, we are:
1. Dedicating children to our loving Father – as an expression of parents’ living faith because they have experienced the power and love of Jesus, and they want their children to experience the same.
2. Dedicating parents to our loving Father – as they commit to raising their child in the “Discipline and instruction of the Lord”. We are encouraging them through prayer to seek God’s wisdom, strength, courage, patience and love to raise their children to bring honor and glory to God.
3. Dedicating the church family to our loving Father – as a community of believers, we are praying that we will seek how God would equip us through the Holy Spirit to come alongside parents and their children in order to encourage their relationships with Christ.
We dedicate the child by laying our hands upon them, just as Jesus modeled, and we pray for them individually during our Dedication Service hour.
"Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, 'Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.' And after laying His hands on them, He departed from there." (Matthew 18:13-15)