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Whereas most Christian religions have Baptism, The Salvation Army has Dedication.
Dedication is a cermony in which a child, or someone who wishes to be a salvationist, is invited into The Army. This is not a scaremental service and there is no water used.
A Dedication Invitation
A baby boy dressed for his Dedication
A baby girl dressed for her dedication
The parents (NOT Godparents) thank God for their child and promise to care for him/her.
If Salvationist, they promise to bring him/her up in a salvationist lifestyle.
The cermony does not make the child a Salvationist nor a Christian (this is a choice they must make later in life).
The child is brought to a platform by their parents.
The officier reminds the parents of their promises.
A prayer is said by all present in the child's name.
The child goes back to the parents as a dedication certificate is filled out and the child is enrolled on the cradle roll (if requested).
A Personal Enrolement Certificate
A cradle roll is a certificate which holds all the names of the Salvationist children whose families wish to register him/her in the church.
A Dedication certificate is similar to a baptismal certificate.
A Dedication Certificate
What is contained in the Dedication Certificate?
Corps (Church) at which the child is dedicated
Full name of the child
Date of dedication
Date and place of birth
signature & rank of officer
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