Baby naming ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular among new parents. Baby dedications are similar and include the added elements of thanking God for the wonderful gift of a new baby and committing them into his care. By doing this, parents are undertaking to pray for their baby and bring them up in the knowledge of Jesus until they are old enough to make their own decision to follow Christ. It is also an act of welcoming the new baby into God's wider family, the church community.
2013 dates: 16 February, 19 May, 21 July, 18 August, 17 November
OCT 2012 "Ok, so we haven’t been coming to church that long – maybe eighteen months or so… and I will confess that often I’m not sure that I know what I really believe in…So why are we up here, dedicating our baby, you may wonder.
Well, I may not always know what I believe but what I do know is this: I love coming to this church. What I see here is a group of people doing their human best to do what Jesus said people should do – feed the poor and hungry, comfort the sick, love and support one other and so on. Seeing and experiencing that made a big impression on me.
Ok, so if I’m really honest, I struggle to accept Christian theology - a lot of it doesn’t make sense to me, but I keep coming to this church because I feel that there is something special here – that God might be in this, and that maybe I don’t need to understand any more than that, at least not for now. I come to church, I go to Life Group, to Alpha, and I ask a LOT of questions. I try to get to grips with what I believe and as a result I get to hang out with some of the most fun-loving, generous-spirited, lovely people I have ever met!
And that’s why, even though we still have our own doubts and questions, we are very happy to be here and to dedicate our son, Charlie, for whom we are very thankful, because we feel that Vineyard is a safe and supportive place from which he can explore his own beliefs and eventually decide for himself if he would like to become a Christian. So thank you in advance to everyone who will help him to do that, it means a lot. Thank you!" Ali
Dedications take place during the morning services after a time of worship music. (Please tell us which service - 9.30am or 11.30am)
Reserve a place: Please email or ring the office if you would like to reserve a place for your child on any of the above dates (we limit the number of babies on any one Sunday to retain a more personal experience for you and your family), or if you just want to know more about what is involved. We need the names of those who will bringing the baby, the baby's full name, your email and home address, the date desired and the service preference.