Family Ministries at World Outreach Church
Recognizing the issues and challenges that parents and families face in an ever-changing world, Family Ministries strives to reinforce and encourage wholesome family relationships. We offer learning opportunities designed to enable parents make biblical values winsome to their children and the youth of our church. Together, families feel empowered to discover and utilize their spiritual gifts at WOC and in the community. Below are a few of the classes that are continually offered, as well as some resources to prepare families for Baby Dedication.
Baby Dedication at World Outreach Church is a celebration of the commitment parents make to raise their sons and daughters to know Jesus Christ. The church joins together four times a year as each family is presented. The parents at WOC make the commitment to:
- Acknowledge their child as a gift from God
- Be a conduit for God’s love to their child
- Communicate to their child that he or she matters to God
- Pray for their child
- Do all they can to raise their child in a home that honors God and support his or her spiritual growth
Each couple involved sits down before the ceremony to write a letter to their child and determine specific values they would like to pass on to their little loved one. The couple commits to make their marriage a priority, while defining standards of conduct for their family to help them keep God at the center of their daily lives.
During the ceremony, it is a joy to watch the children worship with their parents before their younger siblings are presented. The babies are presented one by one as their parents stand to be recognized in their commitment to serve the Lord as a family. After the families are acknowledged, Pastor Allen Jackson brings an encouraging word addressing the family and challenges the congregation to come alongside the parents as they raise their children for Christ. During the final portion of the ceremony, each family journeys to the stage to pray with the pastors and receive a blessing over their family.
If you would like to participate in Baby Dedication and your child is under the age of two, watch the News & Events page for the next ceremony. We believe, “A smart, well informed parent is an effective parent,” as we continue to reach families of all stages. Watch the bulletin for instructions to participate in making a difference in the life of your child.
Psalm 22:10 says, “You have been my God from the moment I was born.”
We at WOC want to celebrate and commemorate your decision to dedicate your child to the Lord, and give you meaningful tools to help you along the way.
We encourage you to take some time before your dedication service, meditate on the message, and then complete the corresponding homework. You can always return to this page to see the next message. You may also download these four assignments in a printable PDF here.
Baby Dedication Assignment 1
Message: The most important decision your child will ever make is to place his or her trust in Jesus Christ. No one will have more influence in your child’s spiritual life than you.
Homework: Make a commitment to pray consistently for your child’s salvation. Write a letter letting him know that you are praying for the day that he will accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. Save the letter for the day you celebrate his decision to trust Christ or for the celebration of his baptism.
Baby Dedication Assignment 2
Message: The health of your marriage is one of the most significant influences on the health of your child.
Homework: Decide what practical things you will do to make sure your marriage is the priority. Maybe it’s committing to an early bedtime for your little one so that you have time to reconnect everyday.
Baby Dedication Assignment 3
Message: Imagine what you want your child to know and who you hope she will become, and decide today to do the things that will help her grow up to be who she is meant to be.
Homework: Make a list of five things that you value and want to pass along to your child. Then decide on two new habits you are going to put in place in your home to ensure that your child is learning what matters most to you.
Baby Dedication Assignment 4
Message: God places upon us, as parents, the responsibility to teach His words and His ways to our children at home. It is our business to interweave the teaching of God’s Word with all the daily activities of our home life.
Homework: What does your family identity look like now? What will it look like in three years, five years? Write out the standards of conduct for each person in your family that will make the most of every opportunity God presents to you daily.
Growing Kids God’s Way
The Growing Kids God’s Way Curriculum provides parents hope, encouragement and practical instruction in their duty of raising morally responsible and biblically responsive children. The curriculum serves parents of preschoolers through the middle years. This 18-week DVD/small group study teaches parents how to reach the heart of their child using a God-centered purpose. For more information contact Family Ministries.
Preparation for Parenting
If you are an expectant parent or your child is less than five months old, this class is for you. You will learn how to manage your newborn’s feeding, waketime, and sleeptime. For more information contact Family Ministries.
Preparation for Toddler Years
If your baby is 5 -18 months old, this class is for you. Here you will learn how to manage your child’s day, mealtime basics, and the preventive side of correction. For more information contact Family Ministries.
The Toddlerhood Transition Years
If your child is 18-36 months old, this class is for you. Here you will learn about structure and routine, toddler conflict, and the purpose of obedience. For more information contact Family Ministries.