Family Dedication at Crosslink is a time of celebrating your family and your new additions as well as a time to dedicate your child/children to the Lord before the church family. It is a time of public recognition and congratulations! We encourage you to invite family and friends to this special occasion. Family Dedication will take place during each of our two worship services on May 5th.
Crosslink would also like to invite each family to an information dinner at 5:00 PM on Sunday, April 28 in preparation for you and your family to participate in Family Dedication Sunday. To sign up, please fill out the Family Dedication Form by clicking the button. This form will let us know in which service event you wish to participate and allow us to send you more information. Sign up to participate!
Registration closes April 24th. If you have questions please contact the church office.
WHAT IS FAMILY DEDICATION?
Children are a gift from God, Psalm 127:3 proclaims, "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him." As believers, we are called to recognize that children belong first and foremost to God. God in his goodness gives children as gifts to parents. They not only have the awesome responsibility of caring for this gift but also the wonderful privilege of enjoying the gift. Because children belong to God and are given by grace as gifts to parents, it is only proper and appropriate that children be dedicated back to God.
We are told in 1 Samuel 1 that Hannah presented her son Samuel to the Lord. In Luke 2:22 we read that Mary and Joseph brought their baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem in order to present him before the Lord. In the same way, parents today can participate in Family Dedication and present, first, themselves and then their child before the Lord our God.
Family Dedication is a time for parents to publically declare to the church that they wish to raise their children in the Christian faith and seek to demonstrate to their child a fervent, passionate, faithful, burning, hot, and blazing love for God. It is also a time for the church family to recognize the need to stand as a community and support parents through prayer and encouragement. Although family dedication is not one of the two ordinances—baptism and the Lord’s Supper—prescribed to Christians in the New Testament and it does not assure the salvation of the child, it is a time for the Church body to corporately pray to the Lord for the parents and children of Crosslink Community Church.
-Excerpts from Pastor John Wellborn