We are so glad that you are considering having your child dedicated or baptized at Menlo Church. Since baby dedication and baptism involve a commitment to be part of the spiritual community of Jesus, we require that at least one parent be an active attendee of Menlo Church. The parent(s) are declaring that they are committed to following Jesus as part of a Christian community, to both grow in faith and pass along that faith to his or her child. There is a required information class when we will talk over the theology of child dedication or baptism, the differences between the two, spiritual parenting, and the logistics of the actual moment. (Your child is welcome to attend the class with you.)
Why Baby Dedication and Baptism?
Making a promise to raise our kids in a home where they can grow in a deep relationship with God is a huge way of showing them how much we love them. Not only is this an honor, it is also a calling from God. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7, Proverbs 22:6) At Menlo Church, we offer two different options for parents: dedication or baptism.
What is Baptism?
Baptism, whether administered to those who profess their faith or to those presented for baptism as children, are one and the same Sacrament. The baptism of infants witnesses that God loves us even before we can respond in faith. The baptism of adults and children witnesses that God’s grace can make us new creations at any stage of our lives.
What is Dedication?
Parents who want to reserve baptism for when their child grows up and chooses to follow Christ on their own may present their children for dedication.
Upcoming Infant/Child Dedication and Baptism Dates
June 19, 2022 (Father's Day)
Sept 11, 2022
Nov 27, 2022 (Thanksgiving Weekend)
Questions? Please contact us!
Menlo Park, contact Megan: email@example.com
Mountain View, contact Tracey: firstname.lastname@example.org
San Jose, contact Denise: email@example.com
San Mateo, contact Mark: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saratoga, contact Jess: email@example.com