A Ministry of New Life Baptist Church  |  3414 State Route 208   New Wilmington, PA  16142  |  (724) 946-2816

We exist to bring children into age appropriate WORSHIP where they can

BELONG to the family of God, GROW in their relationship with Christ,

learn to SERVE, and then go SHARE Christ in the world

What is Child Dedication?

We're always getting phone calls and questions about Child Dedication. More specifically, people are usually asking about when and how they can get their baby baptized. New Life is a church made up of people from all kinds of different traditions and denominations (or none at all). On this page we’ll try to clearly define what we believe and explain the difference between baptism and child dedication.


Every year, hundreds of people are baptized at New Life. Nearly everyone baptized are adults, teenagers or elementary aged children. Essentially, we believe that baptism is the action a person takes after becoming a Christ Follower. We see this many times in scripture as people believed in Jesus Christ and were subsequently baptized.


Acts 8:12

But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.


Acts 8:13

Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.


Acts 18:8

Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized.


Acts 19:4-5

Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.


Since we see baptism as something done after making a clear decision to follow Jesus, we do not baptize infants or young children. We absolutely believe that a child can make this decision. Statistics say that most Christ followers made a decision to follow Jesus between the ages of 4-14 (84 %). So, we see many kids baptized at our baptism services.


So, what do we do for babies? We hold a special dedication service. This is a very special and important service, both for the parents as well as the child. It’s a service where parents present their child/children to the Lord. They’re surrounded by family or friends (or others from the church). Together, they dedicate the child to the Lord.


Although this isn’t a required spiritual practice, we do see where children were dedicated to the Lord in the Bible. In 1 Samuel 1:27-28 we see how Hannah took her son Samuel to the temple to dedicate him to the Lord. Also in Luke 2:21-38 we see Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to the Temple to be dedicated.