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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

Pembury Messy Church - Saturday 9th March

The next Pembury Messy Church will be at Pembury Baptist Church, on Saturday 9th March between 11am-1pm for a mixture of Christian themed craft, activities, talk, song and food.  Please do book in and let 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.


Men's Ministry Breakfast - Saturday 16th March 2019

Pembury Men's next breakfast is on Saturday 16th March at the Black Horse, Pembury, starting at 8am. Tickets include an 'all you can eat' buffet breakfast and cost £10 per person.  There are only 40 available so please book by emailing men@pemburybaptistchurch.org or contacting the Church Office on 01892 825590. 


Kingdom Cafe - Saturday 16th February

Kingdom Cafe returns on Saturday 16th February between 10am and 2pm.  Kingdom Cafe opens every third Saturday of the month throughout the year for free cake, refreshments and conversation.  Books are available to borrow and browse.  Children have their own table for colouring. Do come along, bring a friend or come alone, be quiet or enjoy the company! 


PBC Prayer Meeting - Tuesday 5th March

PBC's Church Prayer Meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of every month in the Church Foyer, starting at 8pm.  The next one is Tuesday 5th March.  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'.