STF Child and Baby Dedication
Thank you for your interest in child dedication. The Staff and Pastors of South Tampa Fellowship are honored that you wish to make a commitment to raise your child in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ, with the support of the STF family. Child dedication is a joyous occasion which celebrates the parents’ acceptance that their child is a most gracious gift from God.
Child dedication events are performed two to three times each year. Before you participate in the dedication ceremony at STF, you will be required to attend three classes. Classes are held three consecutive Sundays at the Ballast Point Campus and/or the Davis Island Campus. After you complete the classes, a dedication ceremony will take place the following Saturday from 10-11 a.m.
In the first class, invitations are provided to formally invite family and friends to attend the dedication ceremony. This is an opportunity for your guests, family and friends to unite in prayer for your child’s spiritual development as well as to commit to support you as you raise your child in Christ.
Please complete the Child Dedication Registration form at the bottom of this page. Upon submission of the online registration a Children’s ministry staff member will contact you with further instructions and dates for classes as well as the dedication ceremony date.
Policy and Pre-Requisites
Both parents must agree to the following:
- A child is a gift from God.
- Every opportunity must be afforded the child to come to know and love Jesus (no barriers must be created which would hinder this).
- The parents will commit to attend three classes prior to the dedication ceremony.
These classes will provide deeper insight into what Christian parenting can look like, engage the parents in conversation about their goals for their child and about the centrality of faith in their family’s life. They will gain an understanding of STF’s preschool and children’s ministry and how the ministry can partner with them as they raise their children.
STF welcomes the opportunity for ongoing conversation with an unbelieving partner, and our prayer is that the child-dedication classes will offer a greater openness to the gospel and/or becoming a part of the Christian community — which is, of course, our desired goal for all parents dedicating their children to God.