Child dedication ceremonies are crafted by a child’s parent or parents, working closely with our minister and religious educator. Child dedications are brief, family-oriented ceremonies held during a Sunday morning service when they can be witnessed by the whole congregation, who then welcome the child as a member of our church.  

Most child dedication services include the following elements: 

  • A blessing for the new life of the child, 
  • An expression of the parent’s or parents’ hopes for the child; and  
  • A promise by the congregation to support and nurture the child. 

If you are interested in having your child dedicated at Albany UU, please reach out to our minister at

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