Because we believe a person’s religious beliefs are something they must choose, we dedicate children to First Parish in Concord. In a ceremony that resembles baptism, we ask the congregation to dedicate itself to the infant or child while asking the child’s parents to do the same. A child dedication is a promise between parents and their congregation. The parents promise to raise their child attending to their spiritual and religious needs. The congregation promises to provide a place of learning, support, and spirituality to the child and their parents. In a simple ceremony during a Sunday worship service, a child will be dedicated using the congregation’s 1799 christening bowl, a white rose, and a few simple words from a minister. The child is then dedicated to the church until such time as they go through our Coming of Age program where they formulate their own beliefs in a credo statement. At that point, they have their own agency as participants in the congregation.