Aldwick Baptist Church is a family church open to people of all ages and walks of life. As a Church we believe it is important to help children and adults alike to grow in faith, both growing in the discovery of faith, and in the experience of faith.
In the Bible, children are regarded as a blessing from God. God gave the command in the Garden of Eden to Adam and Eve, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it’ (Genesis 1:28). Children were seen as a gift and a heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3-5) and daughters gave birth to and nurtured the next generation (Psalm 1:8 and Ruth 4:11-12 for example).
It was the duty of parents to pass on their faith and its ways to the next generation, and this was done by a process of story-telling and instruction (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). Children were regarded in Israel as belonging to the covenant people by virtue of their birth into the nation. In the New Testament, the promise of salvation is clearly understood to be inclusive of all nations and people, not just Israel. It is ‘for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him’ (Acts 2:39). The church is therefore open to all people, young and old, and the benefits of God’s salvation are offered to all, not least to children.
To find out more about Child Dedication and what ABC can offer, please download our Child Dedication Leaflet by clicking on the link below: