Service and Worship Times

WESTFIELD HORIZON CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP:
  • - Sunday Worship Service - 10:30 AM
    Wellbrooke Location #1
    *2nd & 4th Sun. of Each Month
  • - Thursday Awana Clubs - 6:45 PM
    Oak Spring Church Location #2

Two Locations

Location #1 - Sunday
Wellbrooke of Westfield
Inside of Grand Park
937 E. 186th Street
Westfield, Indiana 46074

Location #2 - Thursday
Oak Spring Church
231 E. 161th Street
Westfield, IN 46074-9624

Child Dedications
Train Them Up In The Way They Should Go!
Child or baby dedication is a public commitment you make before God, your church, and your family. The dedication service provides you, the parent(s), an opportunity to express publicly your desire to lead and spiritually nurture your child in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, so your child will develop a desire to love God and love others.

If you would like to schedule the dedication of your child at one of our services please plan at the least a few weeks in advance, see if desired family members who don't normally attend church with us can make your desired date and call Rich to schedule and confirm the date. There is no fee for a child dedication at one of our services.

Sanchez Family

Why Dedicate My Child?

The scriptural root of a child dedication is found in 1 Samuel 1:27–28 (NASB), where a godly woman named Hannah prayed year after year for God to give her a child. He answered her prayer and she gave birth to a son, whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words:

"For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord."

In Luke chapter 2 of the New Testament, following the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the temple and dedicated Him.

In both Scripture passages, the parents entrusted their child completely to God.
The writings of Moses found in Deuteronomy 6:5–9 describe God's plan for how a parent should raise up a child:

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorjambs of your houses and on your gates."

One key step in marking your desire to nurture your child in the ways of God is to dedicate him or her to God publically, through a child dedication ceremony.

Scripture provides evidence that Baptism follows an individual’s decision to trust Christ alone for salvation (Acts 2:41, 8:12, and 10:47–48). And the New Testament records the baptisms of adult believers only.

Sanchez Family

What About Baptizing My Child?

In the Bible, we find parents bringing their children to Jesus. He held them, prayed for them, and told us to welcome them. But He did not baptize them and He did not tell anyone else to baptize them. We believe Baptism is for those who have made a personal decision to trust Christ alone for their salvation, once they have the maturity and ability to understand what that means.


Dedication is not a sacrament; nor does it impart grace or salvation to a child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their sinfulness and receives forgiveness and eternal life through Christ and His work on the cross.

Rather than baptizing infants or children, we encourage Christian parents to dedicate their children. This is a ceremony in which parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.

 
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