Child dedication

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A child dedication or baby presentation is an act of consecration of children to God practiced in evangelical churches.

Origin[edit]

The child's presentation has its origin in the Book of Exodus in chapter 13 verse 2; "Every firstborn will be consecrated to the Lord".[1]The Bible relates some presentations of children. That of Samuel, in the Old Testament by Anne.[2][3] And especially the presentation of Jesus in the Temple in the New Testament by Joseph and Mary.[4] Likewise, Jesus used to bless children.[5]

History[edit]

In 1609, the Baptist movement taught that baptism is for adults (believers' baptism) according to their biblical understandings.[6] The children's presentation thus developed in parallel with this movement and was widely spread in Baptist churches and in all Evangelical movements in the 20th century.[7]

Form[edit]

The form of the presentations may vary by church. The ceremony is usually performed before or after the Worship service of Sunday.[8] When the parents have come forward with the child, the pastor presents it to the congregation, or asks the parents to do so.[9]Most often, the pastor asks parents to say orally their commitment to raising the child in the Christian faith.[10] This public commitment is followed by one or more prayers and a blessing by the pastor, often after the latter has taken the child into his arms.[11]The purpose of the presentation is to express the recognition of parents and the church of the divine gift of birth and the responsibility of parents that results from it.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collectif CEP, La présentation de jeunes enfants, "Les Cahiers de l'École Pastorale" n° 5-6 , France, April 2004
  2. ^ 1 Samuel 1:24-28
  3. ^ Don S. Browning, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, Children and Childhood in American Religions, Rutgers University Press, USA, 2009, p. 88
  4. ^ Luke 2:22
  5. ^ Luke 18:16
  6. ^ Robert E. Johnson, A Global Introduction to Baptist Churches, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2010, p. 56
  7. ^ Stephen R. Holmes, Baptist Theology, A&C Black, UK, 2012, p. 145
  8. ^ David Blankenhorn, The Faith Factor in Fatherhood: Renewing the Sacred Vocation of Fathering, Lexington Books, USA, 1999, p. 103
  9. ^ John H. Y. Briggs, A Dictionary of European Baptist Life and Thought, Wipf and Stock Publishers, USA, 2009, p. 81
  10. ^ Don S. Browning, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, Children and Childhood in American Religions, Rutgers University Press, USA, 2009, p. 88
  11. ^ Stephen R. Holmes, Baptist Theology, A&C Black, UK, 2012, p. 145
  12. ^ David Blankenhorn, The Faith Factor in Fatherhood: Renewing the Sacred Vocation of Fathering, Lexington Books, USA, 1999, p. 103

Content in this edit is translated from the existing French Wikipedia article at fr: Présentation d'enfant; see its history for attribution.