Baby Dedication

Baby Dedication

Having a baby is a really big deal, and as a parent you are probably wondering things that you never have before. It can be exhausting, exhilarating, messy, lovely, overwhelming, and amazing; and often all at the same time.

Baby/child Dedication or BabyD is an event that sets up a partnership between us, your GATHERING Church family, and you and your family — a partnership that we hope will ease anxieties, encourage, resource, and ultimately lead to your child developing a faith of their very own.

Before the celebration

How much does BabyD cost?
There is no cost to participate in BabyD.
How many people can I invite?
You can invite as many people as you like. Please let us know approximately how many people are coming, so that we can prepare. You can send in this information when you email your “homework”.
What do I need to do between now and the day of the celebration?
Invite your friends and family. You will also need to watch two short videos in preparation for the BabyD. These videos contain homework challenges to be shared on celebration day. You will be emailed a link to these videos as well.
What do I need to bring with me?
Besides your friends, family, and child (don’t forget them at home!), please bring a printed copy of the “homework”—the letter to your child. If you don’t mind sharing its contents with your guests, we suggest bringing a copy for everyone.

The day of the celebration…

What time should we arrive?
Please arrive by 8:50/10:30
What should we wear?
Whatever you and your little one will feel most comfortable in! Some people dress casually in jeans, while others wear more formal attire.
Is this an infant baptism?
No. We believe that a child must be old enough to understand what it means to put their faith in Jesus Christ before they can be baptized. This event is an opportunity for you as parents to publicly declare that you want to raise your child to develop their own relationship with Jesus Christ.
I can barely get my child to sit still long enough to get them dressed. How will they survive the entire celebration event?
Your child will make noise during the celebration event. But that’s okay, because so will everyone else’s!
Will there be a photographer?
We will have a photographer to document the event. Please bring your own camera to take individual photos.


Imagine The End

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Imagine The End Homework (right click and “save as” to download the pdf)

Imagine the End Homework