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Dedications

 It's exciting whenever a new child enters a family. There's no greater moment when parents sense that children are a gift from God. In these joyful moments, parents can express their full appreciation to God through baby dedication. Here at PBC we are always happy to have a special dedication service at regular intervals!

If you would like to speak to one of our Pastors or Elders about dedicating your child, please call the office on 01892 825590 or e-mail elders@pemburybaptistchurch.org. 

What is 'dedication'?

Some denominations choose to christen infants. While we recognise the right of other churches to practice infant christening, we understand Scripture to teach that only professing believers qualify for baptism. Baptism does not make you a believer, rather it shows that you already believe. Dedicating a child acknowledges God's sovereignty and love not only over the child, but also Mum and Dad. It also acknowledges that baptism is a decision the child may make when they are more mature.

In a dedication service, parents present their child before God and His people asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities. PBC members also stand as part of the dedication ceremony to promise their support to the child being dedicated and to its parents. Parents also come praying that their child might one day want to follow Jesus for themselves.

Deuteronomy 6:4 "Listen, Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 You must love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole being, and all your strength. 6 These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, 7 and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up."

This passage commands parents to love God; if they truly wish for their child to one day love and follow God, their lives must be an example. Dedicating your child is a good opportunity to recommit your lives to Christ.

Second, Deuteronomy makes clear that the duty of teaching children belongs to parents; PBC will do its best to support you in this journey, but parents must seize the teachable moments that arise throughout life.

Sometimes parents want to choose godparent(s). If you choose to do this, we encourage parents to choose godparents who will encourage the child in their faith and demonstrate a Christian example to the child.  

News & Announcements

It's Christmas! Welcome the Coming King with us

We would love to see you at our Christmas services as we meet together to welcome the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.  Do come along to: Sunday 16th and 23rd December at 10am: Welcoming the Coming King Sunday 23rd December at 5pm: Carols by Candlelight - children, come dressed as shepherds, kings or angels!  There is mulled wine, spiced apple juice and mince pies to enjoy after the service. Monday 24th December at 11.30pm: Christmas Communion to welcome in Christmas Day in reflective worship. Tuesday 25th December at 10am: Christmas Day Celebration - children bring your toys to show and tell as we worship the newborn King. If you can't make it, everyone at Pembury Baptist Church wishes you a blessed Christmas and prays that you will know the presence of the King of Kings over the holiday season.  


Mince Pie Bake Off - Wednesday 19th December

Are you ready for our annual Mince Pie Bake Off on Wednesday 19th December starting at 7.30pm (please note the date change)? At the same time as cooking the mince pies for the Carols by Candlelight refreshments, we have a friendly competition to bake the best looking mince pies! All you have to bring are 12 cup baking trays, rolling pin, pastry cutters and that little special something that will make your mince pies stand out from the crowd!  Sign up now in the Welcome Foyer, call 01892 825590 or email jennifer@pemburybaptistchurch.org. 


Pembury Messy Church - Saturday 8th December

The next full Pembury Messy Church will be at Messy Christmas at Pembury Baptist Church from 11am-1pm on Saturday 8th December for a mixture of themed craft, activities, talk, song and food.  Please do book in and letting us know any allergies by calling 01892 825590 or by emailing office@pemburybaptistchurch.org.  You can also book through St Peter's Church Office on 824761 or emailing office@pemburychurch.net.


PBC Prayer Meeting - Tuesday 4th December

PBC's Church Prayer Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month in the Church Foyer, starting at 8pm.  The next one is Tuesday 4th December.  Do come along and worship our living God through prayer and word. For more information on prayer at PBC, click on the heading, then on 'here'.