Parent/Child Dedication

Parent/Child Dedication

Weekly Update – May 18th, 2023

Last Sunday, we had, what we called, a parent/child dedication.  At First Baptist Church, we want to be a community that not only celebrates children, but we also want to be a place that stands with parents to equip, support, encourage and pray for them as they seek to lead their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.  That means that as joyful as it was to watch six young families present their children to the church, there is also this responsibility that we all have to continually care for one another as we seek to fulfill our vision of seeing our families, our community and our world transformed by the power of God.

As these families came up to the front, we spent this time formally committing to them, as they committed to us, to lead their children on the path towards knowing and loving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  This commitment included a series of statements that our dedicating parents affirmed, as well as a statement that we as the church affirmed together as well.  Here are those statements that the parents affirmed with the reply of “we will”

  • Will you, as God enables, seek to raise your children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord?
  • Will you, as God enables, seek to teach your children the Word of God, and to endeavor to be a model of Christ-likeness for them?
  • Will you, as God enables, seek to consistently provide your children with discipline and reproof, for their correction and training, so that they will cease their foolishness and become wise?
  • Will you, as God enables, seek to do the work of an evangelist (2 Timothy 4:5), witnessing to those God brings into your lives, sharing with them the love and mercy provided alone in Jesus Christ, and to instill in your children the same desire to share this eternal message?
  • Will you, as God enables, seek to love your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, all the while desiring to see your children do the same? 

After our parents affirmed these statements, together as the church, we affirmed the following statement:

  • Will you, First Baptist Church, seek to love these families fervently, from the heart? Will you invest and share your lives with them? Will you be diligent and earnest in your Prayers for the salvation of their children? Will you encourage them, admonish them, rebuke them, instruct them, and build them up in Christ? Will you be patient and kind with them? And will walk beside them in love, striving with them for their own faith and for the faith of their children, until the Day of Christ?

Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”  According to Jesus, this is the greatest commandment that we are called to follow (Matt. 22:37).  Right after this call in Deuteronomy 6:5 though, verse 7 says, “You shall teach (this commandment) diligently to your children…”  This call was given, not just to the parents of children, but to the community of God’s people.  Likewise, we as First Baptist Church have the responsibility to ensure that the next generation, not only hears the good news of Jesus Christ, but is taught what it means to love him with everything we are.  Lets commit to that call as a church as we partner with our parents in the Lord. 

Serving Him with You,
Pastor Michael Nelson

Written by Pastor
Michael Nelson

Fighter Verse for the Week

"Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. ¹⁸If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. ¹⁹Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.""
- Romans 12:17-19


Women’s Brunch & Craft: All ladies of the church are invited to the Larson Home at 10am on Saturday, May 20th, for a potluck brunch and a time of crafting. Please bring an item for the brunch and your knitting, crocheting, or other craft project to work on after the meal. Contact Cassie Larson for the address (816) 665-0688.

Men’s Outing: On May 20th, the men will go to the World War I museum. We will carpool or take the church van, leaving at 12:30pm. Cost for the museum is $16. After the World War I museum, the men will plan to go to Burnt Ends BBQ for an early dinner. Look for a sign up sheet in the hallway.

Vacation Bible School: Mark your calendar. This year, we will host Vacation Bible School on Monday, July 10th-Friday, July 14th from 5:45-8:00pm. More information on how you can help is available on the bulletin board in the hall and more information about how to register your child is available HERE. We are now collecting items for VBS decorations. We are looking for large square cardboard boxes, white wrapping paper, black wrapping paper, large sheets of insulations foam, large sheets of sturdy cardboard, and any leftover interior acrylic paints in bright colors, pastel colors, black, or white.

Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are still needed during the 10:30am nursery time. Check the update or email the office for more information on how you can serve.


We had a great year this year! We look forward to starting again in September.

Equipping Hour

We have three classes held at 9:15am on Sunday mornings. “Evangelism: Engaging the Lost” will meet in the Sanctuary, a biblical exposition of 1 and 2nd Thessalonians will meet in the Fellowship Hall, and a Ladies’ class studying the Old Testament will meet in the classroom next to the nursery. You can find more information HERE.


To Give Online, Go HERE

You can also mail your offering to: 1416 Main Street, Grandview, MO. 64030

Home Groups

Home Groups typically meet on the first and third Sunday of each month. Please contact Pastor Michael if you would like to join a Home Group. You can find more information HERE.


An updated Prayer Guide can be accessed HERE

Prepare for Sunday

Guide for Worship can be found HERE

Worship Service

Worship Service begins at 10:30am on Sunday mornings. Nursery care for children ages 0-4 years is available during the worship hour. 


Continue to join us at 10:30am on Sunday mornings. 

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Sunday School

Children and Youth Sunday School take place at 9:15am on Sunday mornings. 

Ages 0-4 meet in the nursery suite.

Grades K-3rd meet upstairs in U-5.

Grades 4th-6th meet upstairs in U-6.

Grades 7th-12th meet downstairs in the youth room.


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