Parent/Child Dedication

Partnering with God and The River Church family to lead and nurture your child to love God and others. 

The River Church is excited to support you in your public declaration of your intention to raise your child, both as parents and among the community of faith, so that he or she may someday trust Jesus as Lord and Savior. Making public your desire to create a godly family environment, and asking for the help and support of your church family is a powerful step toward parenting your children, who are a gift from God.

The Parent/Child Dedication ceremony is rooted in the biblical background for the presentation and blessing of children. The child Samuel was presented to the Lord in the temple. The infant Jesus was brought to the temple to be presented to God and to his people. The ceremony recognizes both the care of God for all children and the importance of the commitment of both parents and the church family to provide healthy spiritual nurture.
In light of these values, we ask that parents who desire to dedicate themselves and their children to God:
  • Have and pursue a growing relationship with Jesus.
  • Are regular participants in The River weekend worship experiences.
  • Open themselves to relationships in Christian community through the church.
A Parent/Child Dedication ceremony is different than Baptism, which The River Church, according to its understanding of the Bible, reserves for those making a public declaration of their own personal trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. We anticipate, in every Parent/Child Dedication declaration, that one day your child will take the initiative to trust Jesus and be baptized.

If you are interested in dedicating yourself and your child, please fill out the Parent/Child Dedication form below and contact April Thille with any questions at 

Parent Name 1: *
First Name
Last Name
Parent Name 2:
First Name
Last Name
Mobile #*
Address *
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
Postal Code
Child's Name (as you want it on the certificate). *
First Name
Last Name
Child's Birthdate*
Would you like to be dedicated at the beach service or the Norris service? *