Family Baby Blessings
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Recognizing that our children belong to God and following the example of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1:23-28, parents can make a public commitment to raise and train their children according to God’s Word. This commitment is during the Family Baby Blessing ceremony that is held during Family and Friends Sunday, which is on the third Sunday of every month. It is a time for family, friends, and the church body to express their support of the parents and the children. Time is set aside during the service for the purpose of dedicating children before the Lord. The parents and children who have registered to receive the Family Baby Blessing are invited to the front of the congregation and then, in concert with the congregation, Pastor Jefferson anoints, using holy oil, lays hands on the child and lifts the family up in prayer. The baby is then introduced to the congregation. Following the service, a certificate of dedication is mailed to each family.
Ages for Blessings/dedication are 2 years and younger. Call our church office at (973) 643-2267 to sign up for our next Family Baby Blessing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I go?
On the day of the dedication, you will be asked to meet with the Pastor for instructions 30 minutes before the service begins. Pastor will confirm their commitment to Christ and to keep Holy and Sacred the purpose for baby blessings and dedication.
When is the next Baby Blessing?
Baby Blessings occur on Family and Friends Day (every third Sunday) during the 11:30 am service.
I am a single parent. May I still dedicate/bless my child?
Who should we invite to the Dedication?
A Baby Blessing is a very special time, so be sure to invite your family and friends; there is no limit on the number of guest you may invite! Here’s a printable child dedication invitation.
Do I have to be a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church to participate in Baby Blessing Service?
No, participants need not be church members. We only ask that you make a commitment to bring the baby to church on a regular basis with a desire to raise/bring your child up in a Godly, Christ centered home.
Call the church office (973) 642-2267 to sign up for our next dedication. Complete an online registration form to request and register for a Baby Blessing or download the registration form and fax it to (973) 642-3201.