An Infant/Child Dedication is the means by which parents publicly declare their commitment to begin raising their children in a Christ-centered environment. Dedications are celebrated in the context of worship as a sign that we, the Emmanuel Church Family and the larger Christian community, commit to partnering with parents, offering them prayerful support, guidance and encouragement as the family continues to grow in their connection to Christ.
Before dedicating a child at EBC, parents are required to complete our class entitled, Guidance for God’s Parents (GGP). The class is held bi-monthly (every other month) on the 2nd-Saturday from 10:00am – 2:30pm (See our Fall 2013 - Summer 2014 schedule below). The fee for the class is $25.00 for the first adult and $10.00 for each additional adult associated with a child. We encourage both parents to attend; however, at least one parent must be in attendance. We also welcome the attendance of godparents and grandparents, though they are not obligated to be present.
Advance registration is required. Parents should contact the church via phone or e-mail and provided the following information:
- the name of both parents;
- a contact number;
- the month and day of the session you plan to attend;
- the child's name.
Scheduling of the Ceremony:
Immediately, upon completion of GGP and prior to leaving the session, parents may schedule their child's dedication ceremony. Dedications are generally held on the 4th-Sunday of each month during our 8:00am and 10:00am worship experiences (Holidays are excluded).
(The maximum number of families per service = (3) three).
GUIDANCE FOR GOD'S PARENTS
(Fall 2013 - Summer 2014)
September 14th @ 10:00am
November 9th @ 10:00am
January 11th @ 10:00am
March 8th @ 10:00am
May 10th @ 10:00am
July 12th @ 10:00am
For more information about GUIDANCE FOR GOD'S PARENTS sessions or our Dedication Services, please contact:
Rev. Leslie Smith-Wright
Phone: (718) 622-1107, ext. 120