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Milestone Celebrations

Currently on hold due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.

 

By regularly celebrating the spiritual milestones in our children’s and teen’s lives, we seek to connect family life with church life in a meaningful way. Our Sunday Milestone Celebrations are times to come together as a church community to encourage and support the spiritual choices our children and teens are making in their walks with God.

We joyfully celebrate four milestones during the course of the year:

Baby Dedication Milestone

Parents present their new baby to God and to the congregation, committing themselves to their role as the primary faith influencer in their child’s life. The congregation also commits to support the family as they raise the child to follow God. Parents attend a preparation class before the dedication celebration and are welcome to invite family and friends to attend. There are usually two dedication services a year, in the spring and fall.

Baptism Milestone

This milestone celebrates a child’s or teenager’s decision to follow Jesus as Lord and Saviour and includes water baptism. We encourage children to wait to be baptized until they are at least 9 years old (Grade 4) so that they will clearly remember this important spiritual milestone. Parents and their child/teen attend a preparation class before the baptism celebration and are welcome to invite family and friends to attend. We usually have several baptism services each year.

Preteen Passage Milestone

This milestone is celebrated when children move from Gateway KIDS into Gateway Youth at the end of Grade 6. Parents and their preteen attend a class ahead of time which helps to prepare the family for the transition into adolescence. The Preteen Passage Celebration usually takes place in mid-June.

High School Graduation Milestone

This milestone celebrates a teenager’s graduation from High School and their first steps into adulthood. The teens attend a class beforehand to help prepare them spiritually as they leave high school. Family and friends are invited to attend the Graduation Celebration at the end of June.