We don’t baptize babies in our family/faith. We dedicate them. We stand before friends, family, and the church and dedicate ourselves to raising our children in such a way that they grow to love the Lord and understand our faith and guide them into a faith of their own. During the service, those friends and family and church members in attendance are asked to dedicate themselves to the same. It’s powerful and meaningful.
As a rule, we don’t have special clothing (no christening gowns) and right now, our church is a fairly laid back one where no one dresses up to go. So I gave some thought to what I could do for this new grandchild of mine for this special day of hers (and ours). I wanted something that could be passed down through the generations like christening gowns are.
This is what I decided to do:
It is 36 inches by 32 inches, made of silk dupioni. I want to embroider Kiyah’s name, birthdate, and dedication date on the back. Then, I would love to have each of my grandchildren, great-grandchildren….. dedicated using this quilt, each having their name and dates embroidered on it.
This year’s Dedication service is on Mother’s Day. What a wonderful way to celebrate Rachel’s first year as a mother, my first as a grandmother.