Annual Milestone Dedication
Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at 11:00am Worship Service
The vision of the Fellowship of Wildwood Children’s Ministry is to partner with families in building a spiritual foundation by facilitating a safe environment where children are firmly rooted in God’s Word and the church is committed to ensuring the next generation understands the Gospel and values the church. This partnership is initiated and reaffirmed through our Milestone Dedication Sundays.
We partner with parents to equip preschoolers, children and students with the Biblical and practical understanding to experience the next phase of life. In this way we build a legacy of faith into the next generation. These milestones form a pathway for parents to walk as they train their child(ren) in the faith.
We will be recognizing three milestones:
- Baby Dedication – for children younger than 3 years old who have not been previously dedicated
- Preschool Dedication – for children who are 3 years old, as of August 1st
- Elementary Dedication – for children who are entering 1st Grade, as of August 1st
If you have questions, please check out the Top 11 FAQs below and/or call the church office. You may register your child HERE.
TOP 11 FAQs FOR MILESTONE SUNDAY:
What is a dedication service?
A dedication service involves a public commitment made by your family and the local church family of Fellowship of Wildwood before God. There are three parties to this commitment: God, your family, and the local church.
What is a milestone?
A literal milestone is a stone that is set up beside a road to mark the distance in miles to a particular place. It figuratively became a reference to an event marking a significant change or stage of development.
What is Milestone Dedication Sunday?
Our Milestone Dedication Sunday provides an opportunity for parents to publicly express and/or reaffirm their desire to teach and model God’s Word in the power of His Spirit to their child(ren). The local church of Fellowship is publicly expressing and/or reaffirming its desire to partner with these parents on this journey.
What do parents need to do for their child(ren) to participate in Milestone Dedication Sunday?
1. You must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
2. You must affirm and support the Statement of Faith of Fellowship of Wildwood.
3. You must be a regular attender of Fellowship and desiring to be active in Fellowship’s Children’s Ministry.
4. Attend a Milestone Dedication class.
Do I have to attend a Milestone Dedication Class?
Yes. This class is offered at different times to allow you to complete the class without drastically affecting your schedule. The class is important for you to understand what you are committing to before you do so in the dedication service.
Do I need to be a member of Fellowship of Wildwood to dedicate my child?
No! You do not have to be a member of Fellowship to dedicate your child; however, we strongly encourage parents to make sure they are calling Fellowship their home church. Why? In publicly dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you will partner with God and the local church of Fellowship to raise your child in the fear and admonition of the Lord. A local church partnership is not possible if you do not affirm the beliefs of Fellowship or regularly attend Fellowship.
How old does my child need to be to take part in Milestone Dedication Sunday?
In order for your child to take part in the Baby Dedication portion, they must be less than 3 Years Old, as of August 1st, and have not been dedicated previously. In order for your child to take part in the Preschool Dedication portion, they must have turned 3 Years Old, as of August 1st. In order for your child to take part in the Elementary Dedication portion, they must be entering 1st Grade, as of August 1st.
What if my child is older than 3 years old but has not been dedicated?
We realize that for a variety of reasons there may be children who have never been dedicated and who do not fall within the groups described above. If your child has never been dedicated at any life-stage, then we welcome you to register your child for their appropriate group. For example, if you have a 3rd Grader who has never been dedicated, then register for Elementary Dedication; if you have a Kindergartener who has never been dedicated, then register for Preschool Dedication.
What will my child be given on Milestone Dedication Sunday?
Those participating in Baby Dedication will receive a certificate and a gift from the church. Those participating in Preschool Dedication will receive The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. Those participating in Elementary Dedication will receive a Children’s Study Bible, as early readers.
Can a single parent or grandparent(s) participate in Milestone Dedication Sunday?
Will Milestone Dedication Sunday include baptism?
Fellowship of Wildwood believes that baptism is for those who have already made a personal decision to trust Jesus Christ alone for their salvation (contra infant baptism). Once an individual has matured enough to articulate their belief in the Gospel, then the process of preparing for baptism will begin. There may be baptisms occurring during Milestone Dedication Sunday; however, this is not based upon the commitment of the parents, but rather the personal commitment of the child/individual to follow Christ.