Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018, Child Dedication Service, 10:30 am
Parents often come to Unitarian Universalism by way of their children. They come to our congregations looking for ways to help their child develop a strong moral character, rooted in love and acceptance of others, able to guide them as they grow and face life’s challenges. Those parents who become members of this covenantal congregation seek not a community that will tell their children what to believe, but a community that will help their children develop a resilient spirit that will steady and guide them throughout life. In this faith community we offer our children experiences where they can explore, in safety, the meaning and purpose of different religious, spiritual, and human values. We believe that, with support, we are each capable of discerning for ourselves those life values that bring health and wholeness. Parents may come seeking answers for their children and, in the process, often find support for their own spiritual journey.
Welcoming a child into a community has been an ancient ritual observed by many cultures and faith traditions for millennia. As members of this religious community, parents and their children are warmly invited to participate with the congregation in a Child Dedication Ceremony. This ceremony celebrates:
· the individuality of the child (often including recognition of the child’s name),
· the parent’s commitment to and dreams for their child(ren), and,
· the congregation’s dedication of itself to assist in nurturing the child’s physical, ethical and spiritual development.
Given that the most distinctive aspect of a Unitarian Universalist Child Dedication Ceremony is that a specific congregation dedicates itself to the child’s growth and their family, it may be performed more than once, such as when a parent(s) and their child(ren) join a new Unitarian Universalist congregation. The ceremony is conducted with infants, pre-school children, and older children. Young adults are encouraged to join the congregation as adult members.
The next Children’s Dedication Service is on Mother’s Day, May 13th, during the morning worship service (10:30 am). If you are interested in having your child participate in the May 13th Child Dedication Ceremony, please contact me by April 29th to discuss the possibility. For more information, please check out our website for a more detailed description of this ceremony. The description can be found under Worship / Rites of Passage at SUUS on the website….or by simply clicking HERE.