According to Scripture, it is the responsibility of the parents to raise their children in the wisdom and admonition of the of Lord. At Nehemiah, we want to encourage parents in this responsibility, and as a body, commit to come alongside parents as they train their children.
Child dedications are in essence parents committing, before the church, to pass on the faith, to raise their children in the ways of the Lord and to be examples to their children of what it means to follow Christ. As a symbol of this promise, children are given a baton runners use in a race, so parents can display them as a discussion piece, and when the child turns 18, literally pass the baton on to their children along with a letter from Pastor Cory.
"As my children were growing up, they would occasionally ask about their baton, which was placed on a shelf near the mantle in our home. Each one was excited about the day he/she would receive his/her baton and finally read the letter from the pastor. From a parent's perspective, these discussions were treasures, and the day we gave each of our children their baton was a sweet memorial to their coming of age." - Lori Benson