Since water baptism is for “whoever believes” [Mark 16:16], Westside church does not water baptize babies or small children. We do conduct a service of dedication upon the request of the parents. During the baby dedication, a special prayer is offered on behalf of both the child and the parents invoking God's blessing and protection. This act of dedication is significant because it gave public testimony that the parents have given their child to God and have gone before the church stating that they will endeavor to raise the child in the admonition of the Lord. Arrangements for dedication must be made by completing and returning the Baby Dedication Request Form at least 4 weeks prior to the requested dedication date. The age of the baby for dedication is 6 weeks to 18 months.