Children are a gift from God.
As parents, we are to be good stewards of this gift that God has given to us by teaching and training them in the Word of God, so that the spiritual legacy can be pass on to the future generations.
Parents are the primary spiritual care-giver of our children. We work in partnership with the HopeKids teachers to lay a strong spiritual foundation in our children.
The word “dedicate” means to set aside or commit to a sacred purpose. “Child Dedication” means committing a child to God and God’s purposes. Parents cannot actually make this decision on behalf of their children – as much as they would wish to! Each child will one day have to make his or her own personal decision about whether or not to commit himself or herself to God.
In our church, child dedication is really a matter of parents dedicating and committing themselves to the Lord – that they would do their best to bring up their child for the glory of God. Therefore child dedication is different from child blessing ceremony whereby we pray and bless the child. While we would still pray and bless the child in child dedication, more importantly, the focus would be on the parents and the commitment that they would be making.
The primary purposes for child dedication are:
· For parents, joined by their church community, to celebrate the birth or adoption of a child, joyfully thanking God for this new addition to the family and to the church community.
· For parents to commit themselves publicly to raise their child in the nurture and love of the Lord, and for the church to pray for them in their awesome responsibility as parents.
Criteria for participation:
· Child is 9 years old and below.
· Both parents are believers in Christ and at least one parent is a Hope Church Singapore member.
Child Dedication is usually conducted in the 4th quarter of the year (around October/November).
Alpha Parenting - Parenting Teenagers Course
This course is for any parent or carer of teenagers, are a single parent or a step-parent. It is designed to empower parents to be the best parent they can be.
While the foundations are based on Christian principles, it is also suitable for non-Christians as the course provides skills and methods on parenting but does not require the participant to know scripture. Many non-Christian parents have benefitted from the program and enjoyed the sessions.
Date: 7th, 14th, 21st July, 4th & 11th August 2019
Time: 1:30pm – 4pm
Venue: U-Space 1 (466 Crawford Ln, Level 3, Singapore 190466)
Fee: $45 per couple, $30 per person
Parenting Preparation Course
For married couples who are preparing for parenthood, the Parenting Preparation Course will equip and prepare them to be parents. This course will empower participants to navigate the challenges of becoming a parent for the first time – from planning to conception and before the baby arrives.
Date: 6th, 13th & 20th July 2019 (Saturday)
Venue: Textile Centre, Connect 702
Time: 10 – 1pm
Fee: $20 per couple (Please indicate your Spouse’s name in the comments column of the sign up form)
Orange Parenting Sessions
Orange parenting sessions are created for parents who are believers to guide their children in the ways of God. The age-appropriate courses are held after services on Sundays and last only 30 minutes.
Date: 28th April 2019
Venue: Textile Centre, Connect 702
Time: 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Class Fee: Free
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Non-Member sign up here