Infant Dedications

Contact: Dr. Jesse L. Wood, 202-238-5000

We are glad you have taken an interest in the Infant Dedication Ceremonies here at Metropolitan; where we are Becoming the Kingdom. We give reverence to our seven Kingdom Principles, one of which is FAMILY: “We honor and strengthen the institution of marriage and family. We will always protect our children and honor our elders.” (derived from 1Corinthians 11:3)

In traditional African culture, religion is not a separate worship system, but a way of life. This deeply-rooted spirituality is expressed in the family and communal rituals which mark every important event. We celebrate the joining of the past and the future represented by the lives of children. We invite you to embrace this tradition and look forward to sharing in this joyous occasion with you!

Registration Process

  • There is no fee charged for Infant Dedications. There are several time sensitive components of our services: the minister’s schedule, the facility schedule, staffing and the commemorative items which are presented. We ask that you plan your time accordingly to avoid any last minute cancellations or delays.

  • Make arrangements to attend the Infant Dedication Class.

  • Review your letter of confirmation and let us know if any of your information has changed, i.e.; number of godparents/grandparents attending.

Register online.

Class Requirements

Parents are required to attend an Infant Dedication Class prior to the ceremony. Classes are held every 2nd Wednesday from 6:30—8:30 PM at Metropolitan. One or both parents may attend in any month prior to the ceremony. This class is designed to be a resource to the spiritual foundation you are building for your child. As your church family, we endeavor to support you and your child as you seek to guide them towards a life devoted to Christ.

Invited Guests

When entering the Chapel or Sanctuary, please enter with reverence. The church is a sacred and holy place and should be treated as such at all times. The property of the church is to be respected at all times. The spiritual sanctity of your Infant Dedication Ceremony should be enhanced through the participants you choose and the guests you invite. We ask that all involved be respectful in their conduct, language and attire when interacting within the church.

Checklist

  • Submit your Infant Dedication Request Form. Be sure to identify how many Godparents and Grandparents will attend the ceremony. Commemorative items are presented to them and must be ordered in advance.
  • You will receive a confirmation letter via US Mail (or electronic mail if you have provided an e-mail address) indicating your assigned date and the details of the ceremony.
  • Once you have a confirmed date scheduled, set aside time to attend an Infant Dedication Class prior to your dedication.
  • Arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the ceremony to allow time to gather your guests and relax before the ceremony begins.