Dedication

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 Dedication Invitation
A baby boy dressed for his Dedication
A baby boy dressed for his Dedication
A baby girl dressed for her dedication
A baby girl dressed for her dedication


What happens?external image 419041-52715-48.jpg
  1. The parents (NOT Godparents) thank God for their child and promise to care for him/her.
  2. If Salvationist, they promise to bring him/her up in a salvationist lifestyle.
  3. The cermony does not make the child a Salvationist nor a Christian (this is a choice they must make later in life).
  4. The child is brought to a platform by their parents.
  5. The officier reminds the parents of their promises.
  6. A prayer is said by all present in the child's name.
  7. 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 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
A Dedication Certificate


What is contained in the Dedication Certificate?
  • Register Number
  • Corps (Church) at which the child is dedicated
  • Full name of the child
  • Town
  • Date of dedication
  • Date and place of birth
  • Father's name
  • Mother's name
  • signature & rank of officer