I visited my friends for the weekend as it was their youngest daughters dedication. A dedication is instead of a christening. Instead of baptising the child, the parents promise to bring their child up as a Christian, leaving it up to the child to decide to be baptised when they decided to become a Christian for themselves.

The child being dedicated is 1. My friends have a large garden. They had “garden church”!! A bbq followed by a short service in the garden, and then afternoon tea. At the dedication the talk was based on the story of zacheaus…helpfully there was a tree in place for someone to climb up during the retelling of the story!! Zaccheaus was very little so he climbed into a tree to see Jesus. Here’s the tree with the ladder ready!!