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Baptism and Child Dedications

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

2 Corinthians 5:17

Baptism

Through baptism, we share what God has done in our lives, and we commit to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

The word "baptize" means to dip or immerse under water. When a person is baptized, it represents his or her identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is an outward symbol of a person's faith and decision to be a committed Christ-follower.

To learn more about what we believe and practice about baptism at MBC, read our Baptism booklet.

For information about baptisms for children, visit the Starting Zone.

Child Dedication

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

Everything we have belongs to God! All good and perfect gifts come from Him. Dedication, or “setting apart” of children unto God is one of parents’ first acts of leadership. Dedication is more than a ritual. It’s a commitment for parents to honor the will and the Word of God.

Child dedication is not baptism and not christening. It doesn’t guarantee a child’s salvation, but publicly expresses that the child belongs to God. This "setting apart" is an act by the parents, prayerfully declaring that this child belongs to God and committing themselves to bring up their son or daughter to respect and honor God and to love and serve Jesus Christ.

Baptism and Child Dedication at Your Campus

Would you like to be baptized or dedicate your child? Select your campus below to learn more about the steps you need to take.

Baptism and Child Dedications at Prince William

Baptism

When you are ready to be baptized, it will be our honor at the Prince William Campus to walk alongside you.

Please plan to attend our baptism information class on one of the dates below. Learn about the importance of baptism at this class, which is a prerequisite for baptism participation at MBC.

Baptism Dates 2018

Baptism Class Baptism
January 6, 2019 February 10, 2019
April 7, 2019 April 21, 2019
May 19, 2019 July 14, 2019
September 15, 2019 November 3, 2019

 

Child Dedications

If your child has not accepted Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and you as a family would like to dedicate them to the Lord as a commitment to raise them in a Godly environment to know and love the Lord, please read the Child Dedication Process below.

Below are the six questions parents will be asked to answer as an expression of their commitment.

Child Dedication Vows

  1. Will you do your best to raise this child to honor, revere and love Jesus Christ?
  2. Will you do your best to maintain a home where Jesus Christ is honored and obeyed, where the Word of God is the authority and Jesus Christ is the head?
  3. Will you commit this child to God in prayer on a regular basis, trusting God to override your mistakes and make up for your shortcomings?
  4. Will you actively rely on the Holy Spirit to raise this child and to incline his or her heart to the Lord?
  5. Will you do your best to release this child to the will of God, whatever that might be, without bitterness or resistance?
  6. Will you do your best to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, so that this child has Godly examples to follow?

Child Dedication Process

  1. Review McLean Bible Church's Child Dedication Frequently Asked Questions.
  2. Submit the child dedication application.
  3. Attend a 45-minute class to meet our staff and other parents.
    • Obtain information on parents being the primary faith trainers

    • Understand how to partner with others for encouragement and support.

    • Sign up for a meet and greet interview with the pastor who will dedicate your child and formalize any other questions you may have about the ceremony.

  4. Attend the child dedication on your scheduled date. Following the dedication, you will receive a child dedication certificate.

Child Dedication Dates

Child Dedication Class Child Dedication Ceremony
January 20, 2019 February 3, 2019
April 7, 2019 May 12, 2019
September 15, 2019 October 6, 2019

 

Contact

  • Baptism
    Caroline Seymour
  • Child Dedications
    Mary Scott