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A naming ceremony is a special opportunity to gather friends and family together to welcome your new arrival in a unique and meaningful way.
Naming ceremonies do not have the restrictions and formality of a church ceremony but they can contain spiritual content. This is also a timely opportunity to formally name an older child, or to include other children.
Between us, we have the freedom to create a ceremony that will be personal to you and your family. It can take place at home, or in just about any venue you choose.
We will meet beforehand to discuss your ceremony to ensure that you have a truly memorable day. It is an enormous privilege being invited into people's homes and lives to celebrate the naming of a child.
A baby naming ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to create a meaningful occasion for you and your child, expressed through the promises and readings you choose. I will help you to put this all together in a way that celebrates your child’s life.
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How I can support you
We will meet beforehand to discuss your ceremony to ensure that you have a truly memorable day. Naming ceremonies are a very joyous part of what I do. It is an enormous privilege being invited into people's homes and lives to celebrate the arrival of a child.
It is entirely up to you how you choose to celebrate.
Here are some ideas for you to consider:
State your love and commitment to your child. Declare your hopes for his or her future
Choose to read poetry or a favourite piece of prose, and have music of your choice.
Explain why you have chosen your child's name and what it means to you.
Ask other important adults in your child's life to contribute.
A special book could be signed by all of your guests.
Give a special gift to your child, something long lasting that your child can keep and treasure in years to come.
The lighting of candles can enhance the effect of carefully chosen words and the room could be decorated with balloons and bunting bearing the child's name.
A baby naming ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to create a meaningful occasion, unique to you and your child, expressed through the promises and readings you choose. However, if you prefer, they can be said on your behalf. I will help you to put this all together in a way that celebrates your child's life.
How does a baby naming differ from a christening?
A Naming ceremony can be held just about anywhere, whereas a Christening is held in church where a godparent’s traditional role is to help guide the child in a Christian life. In a Naming ceremony, a significant candle or sand ceremony replaces the use of a font in a Christening. To conclude the ceremony, a Naming certificate is presented and, of course, you and your guests can continue celebrating in the same venue.
Does a naming ceremony involve godparents?
Many families choose to call the friends they have chosen "supporting adults", "guide parents" or "mentors". They will be there to say that they will love and support your child as he or she grows up and throughout his or her life. (“Oddparents” was chosen by one lovely set of parents.) They can say their own words or respond to questions put to them by the Celebrant. Poems and readings help to make this a particularly memorable celebration.
Can we include spiritual content?
You have freedom to design a ceremony that will be personal to you and your family. A Naming ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to create a meaningful occasion, unique to you and your child, expressed through the promises and readings you choose. I will help you to put this all together in a way that celebrates your child’s life and it can include any spiritual content you wish. Your wishes, spiritual or not, will form the basis of the celebration.
Are naming ceremonies just for babies?
Many families choose to have a ceremony soon after their baby is born. It’s a way to celebrate the new arrival with the special people in the baby’s life. But a Naming Ceremony can be held for any child, whether you are birth-parents, adoptive parents, or a new parent to a stepchild, whatever the child’s age. It is also a perfect opportunity for a person to celebrate changing their own name to one they prefer to use, including transgender choices.
"We just wanted to thank you for the Baby Naming ceremony you conducted for Jack. You gave us great guidance from the moment we met you, and encouraged and supported us. On the day, the ceremony couldn't have been better. We had so many lovely comments from people. It was a very special day and we are so pleased that we were able to have you as the celebrant.
Thank you so Much."