This celebration marks the birth or adoption of a child and his or her welcome into the family and, when the parents are members of the congregation, into the religious community. The child's name is declared and the child and adults are dedicated to freedom, righteousness, and love. Whether there are named sponsors (godparents) is the parents' choice.

When a family is part of a congregation, the service may take place in conjunction with a congregational worship service. It may also be a separate service in the meetinghouse or in private home, park, or other location that has meaning for the child’s family. Families that are not members may have services at the meeting house, private home, park, or other location.

 A dedication or naming service is also appropriate when a child is adopted, a time when a new family is created.