LegacY: BABY DEDICATION
Legacy is a celebration service designed to help you mark the moment where you consecrate and dedicate your child and yourselves to the purposes God has established for your family! It’s a special time to round up your friends and family and focus on the calling God has entrusted you with—raising your children. We are excited to partner with you and help mark this moment for your family!
In Deuteronomy 6, God is speaking through Moses to the people of Israel—he is speaking directly to the fathers, and this is what is said:
“Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you… Deuteronomy 6:1-2
It is interesting… you are commanded to keep God’s commandments so that your children and your grandchildren will stand in awe of God. We say it like this: The purpose of your family is for your children’s children to know God as God! The way this is established is not through more Sunday School programs or religious rituals, but simply through the way you live your life. Keep reading:
“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
You are commanded to teach your children in the ordinary moments of your life. The way we have structured PC3 is simply to partner with you as you take responsibility for the spiritual development of your children. Every thing we do is designed to work with you—to come alongside of your family and help your children walk with God!
Legacy provides a way to mark this important moment in the life of your family. Parents and their little ones are joined by family and friends as a public commitment is made to raise their children to know Christ and stand in awe of God. Before the actual Legacy service, we will provide you with some basic tools and resources that will help you focus on what matters most to your family. As a church, we are committed to partnering with you along the way.
What is Legacy?
Legacy is an event we have created to spark intentional conversations in your family about how you will be raising your child, and how that lines up with God’s plan for parenthood. It is a commitment ceremony/baby dedication that is a way for you to publicly declare that you are pledging to raise your child to show them the love of Christ.
What isn’t Legacy?
Legacy is not baby baptism. We do not sprinkle or dunk your child in water during this event. Legacy does not equal salvation for your child. We believe salvation is a personal relationship with Christ, and that your child can make that decision to follow God as they get older and more mature in their faith.
What is the prep work for Legacy?
Before the Legacy event, we send each family some “homework”. There will be two short videos for you to watch, as well as a few questions for you to discuss and answer as a family. These questions are designed to get you thinking about how you can make your walk with God an example for your child, and will help your family develop core values you want to instill in your children. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers to these questions, and no one will see them but your family.
What happens at the Legacy event?
On the day of the event, each family will be seated at a round table with 10 chairs to sit at. We encourage you to fill your table with people who will be influential in your child’s life; these people could be grandparents, aunts and uncles, some members of your Small Group, or your best friends. The speaker at the event will discuss the questions from the stage, then will give you time to share your answers with your friends and family at your table. At the end, the speaker will pray over all the families.
How long will the event last?
We try to keep the event under two hours, start to finish.
Is there food?
Yes, there will be light refreshments, as well as coffee and water.
What should we wear?
PC3 is a casual church, so feel free to dress comfortable and casually. We always see a wide range of dress, from Sunday Best to casual and comfortable, so you can choose to wear whatever you desire.