Dear Church,

You have heard the old saying that it “takes a village to raise a child”. Well, I can fully attest to that fact. I see it in action every Wednesday night during dinner on our campus. Senior Adults offer to watch newborn babies so that mothers can go and make plates for their children. Teenagers offer to watch the kids play after dinner is finished so that parents can have a moment to catch their breath. Having children is an amazing gift but it is also a heavy load to carry alone. The good news is that in the Church, we promise to walk alongside families so they don’t have to bear the burden without help.

This Sunday in our two worship services, we will dedicate nine children to the glory of God, in whose image they are created. The dedication of children is always one of my favorite moments in the life of a church. I am particularly excited about this dedication, because Sara and I will present Naomi before God and our congregation. It is a special day because parents are making a promise to raise a child in the faith of Jesus Christ. They are also making a pledge to raise their child in the context of a local community of faith, specifically the First Baptist Church of Augusta.

But that is not all that happens in a dedication. We, as the Body of Christ, are making a promise as well. We are committing ourselves to walking alongside these children and their parents, showing them the love and grace of Jesus Christ. We make a promise to be there for these families in their moments of need, always willing and ready to help in any way that we can. It is a beautiful thing to witness.

Our families need to hear you make this promise. I hope to see you in worship on Sunday morning.

Grace and Peace, Will