Baby Dedication and Baptism
We are so glad that you are considering having your child dedicated or baptized at Menlo Church. Baby dedication and baptism involve a commitment to be part of the spiritual community of Jesus. 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.
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, but 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.
To have your child baptized/dedicated at Menlo Church:
- Your child needs to be 2 years old or younger
- Attend our baby baptism and dedication class prior to the baby baptism service.
- For Baptism only, at least one parent needs to be a Covenant Partner. When you choose to become a member at Menlo Church, you are stating that you agree with our beliefs and values, and that you want Menlo Church to be your home church. Become a Covenant Partner
You do not need to be a Covenant Partner of Menlo Church to have your child dedicated in a worship service. We do encourage parents to make sure they are calling Menlo Church their home church. Why? In dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you are willing to partner with God and the church to raise your child in cooperation with God’s intentions. To partner with any church, a parent would be wise to decide if he or she agrees with its beliefs and vision, so they can be all-in in their partnership with the church.
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.
Please fill out this form: BABY DEDICATION/BAPTISM INQUIRY
Upcoming Infant/Child Dedication and Baptism Dates
June 18, 2023
Is your elementary child considering being baptized? Please fill out the Menlo Kids | Profession of Faith Baptism Inquiry form and someone will follow up with you in the next few days.
Questions? Please contact us!
San Mateo, contact Mark: firstname.lastname@example.org
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