A baby dedication is a wonderful ceremony and moment in which parents make a public statement of faith to raise their child under God's grace and wisdom. It also gives the community of believers an opportunity to come alongside the family to support and encourage them in faith. There's a saying that it takes a village to raise a child. We say it takes a church to raise a Christian!
Here at NewStory Church we practice baby dedication instead of infant baptism as their primary celebration of a child's birth into the community of faith. Dedicating a child acknowledges God's sovereignty not only over the child, but also Mom and Dad. Parents present their child before God and His people asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities. Parents also come praying that their child might one day trust Jesus Christ as Savior for the forgiveness of sin. Baby dedication does not secure salvation, rather it is a symbolic moment of entrusting the child's life to God's will.
The idea of dedicating a child to the Lord can certainly be found in the Bible. Hannah was a barren wife who promised to dedicate her child to God if He would give her a son (1 Samuel 1:11). Luke 2:22 begins the account of Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to the temple after forty days in order to dedicate Him to the Lord. This was slightly more involved since it involved a sacrifice, but once again this ceremony did not indicate any level of salvation.