Age Group Ministries
Childcare During Weekend Services
All of our preschool and childcare volunteers are fully screened and background checked. We have trained staff on the premise at all time, and your child will see many regular, consistent faces each time they join us! Each child is given a security badge with a special parent section. No one will be allowed to pick up your child without the parent security piece.
YOU CAN HELP
As parents we need you to be a part of this ministry. Parents of preschoolers are expected to serve as a volunteer approximately once every eight weeks.
If there is a timid child who does not want his parent to leave, the preschool worker can usually handle the situation. As a rule, teachers can help a child become happily adjusted to the group more quickly without the parents remaining in the room. Generally, your child will adjust more quickly if you assure them of your return. Make a brief departure. Avoid lingering good-byes. We will call or text your cell phone if your child is inconsolable for more than 15 minutes.
Child Dedication at Bayshore
Child Dedication is a joyful expression of gratefulness to God for the gift of life! It acknowledges that children belong to God and are given to us as gifts. We are simply dedicating them back to Him. It is a statement of humility saying that, as parents, we need God’s help in raising the children he has blessed us with. Christian parents who dedicate a child are making a promise to the Lord before the church to do everything within their power to raise their child in a godly way, prayerfully, until he or she can make a decision on his or her own to follow and serve God. Parents who make this vow, or commitment, are instructed to raise the child in the ways of God and not according to their own ways. Parents present their child before God and His people asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out their parenting responsibilities. In turn, the church agrees to come along side your family and offer spiritual support to teach and train your child in the ways of the Lord so that he or she might one day trust Him as Savior and Lord and serve Him wholeheartedly.
Child Dedication does not impart grace or salvation to a child. Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as each person recognizes their sinfulness, surrenders their life, and receives forgiveness and the gift of eternal life in Christ through His work on the cross.
Child Dedication is not baptism for your child. Baptism is the public declaration of faith and a symbol of a spiritual rebirth. It is an outward demonstration of the inward change that has occurred within an individual. Once a child is old enough to make the decision to accept Christ as his or her personal Savior, then he or she can make a choice to be baptized. We celebrate the opportunity to dedicate babies and young children to the Lord rather than baptizing them. He is the giver of every good gift, and He gives us the honor and great responsibility of raising children. Child Dedication is a ceremony in which parents formally call upon God’s blessing for their child and publicly commit to raise him or her in accordance with Scripture.
By dedicating your child to the Lord, you are acknowledging your need for God in your family. You are submitting your own desires for your child to God’s desires, and making a commitment to raise your child in God’s way. The responsibilities the Lord has entrusted to you as a parent include praying earnestly for your child, instructing them in the ways of the Lord, setting a godly example, and disciplining them as the Lord would discipline us. As a parent, you are only able to do these things through Christ’s strength. In dedicating your child to God, you are stating that you desire to partner with God and the church to raise your child according to God’s Word.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Discipline your child, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire. Proverbs 29:17
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:5-7
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13