Since accepting Christ and becoming Baptist, I have not witnessed a "Baby Dedication" in any church I have visited, been a member of, or preached in. On the other hand, I have heard of some Baptist churches doing these "dedications". I kind of filed it away in the back of my mind... nearly forgotten, until one of my deacons let me know that he and his family wouldn't be at church this Sunday because they have a grandbaby having a "dedication" Sunday morning. He didn't seem any too thrilled, nor did his wife. He did say that the pastor before me had done a few of them, and indeed, I found a few blank "certificates" in a filing cabinet. So - I have been doing some investigating, both asking around, and trying to dig up the basis for such a "baby dedication" and cannot find any scriptural basis outside of Old Testament pictures - particularly Hannah's dedicating of Samuel to the Lord. But I haven't been able to carry this over to the New Testament church. What keeps coming back to the forefront of my mind - that this is just a substitute for those who can't let go of the Catholic/Liturgical churches' paedobaptism. While I have not yet been confronted with this issue in my own ministry, I believe it is inevitable. We had a lady visit a few times who has a young son (three years old, I believe) who asked me once if I could baptize her little boy so he might quit being so bad. She really did ask this, and was sincere about it! But again - back to the core issue... "Baby Dedications"... Yes or No? Scriptural basis? Sure would like to hammer this out before it ever becomes something I have to confront in my own ministry.