The Ministries of our Church
Child DedicationMother Dedicates 3 Little Boys to Jesus
When requested, New Joy Fellowship can match interested parents with godparents within the congregation, and one young mother did just that. On one of the coldest days of the year and with very icy roads, this mother committed her little ones into the care of Jesus. Pastor Kenneth Anderson performed the service, support by the elders of the church. The godmother and Pastor Anderson's wife "stood" with the mother.
Child dedication at New Joy Fellowship is not the same as infant baptism. We believe that baptism is a public statement of faith that can be made only by someone who has personally believed in Christ. Infants cannot make a personal decision to believe in Jesus. Older children, however, can make that personal decision. New Joy Fellowship offers baptismal classes in their array of religious education programs for children from preschool through high school that address their physical, mental, and emotional growth as well as their spiritual development. Who leads? Trained and experienced teams of dedicated Christians who know how to laugh and cry with children as well as teach. Programs include Saturday morning classes, afternoon programs, Vacation Bible School, and many fellowship (fun) opportunities.
A child is a God-given trust (Ps. 127:3) that you can accept for your children of any age. The child dedication ceremony symbolizes your commitment to raise your child in a Christian home and church where he or she can come to know, love, and follow the teaching of Jesus Christ. Child dedication also signifies the commitment of the members of New Joy Fellowship to provide a loving, biblical community that supports and prays for your family. Register directly with Pastor Anderson to have your child dedicated: 301-675-4468. For the preparation of the certificates, he needs the full names of the children and parents and children's birth dates. Meet with the pastor prior to the dedication service, make an appointment with Pastor Anderson.