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Baby Naming Ceremonies

What is a Naming Ceremony?

Baby Naming CeremoniesA baby naming ceremony is a special opportunity to gather friends and family together to celebrate the birth and naming of your child, and to welcome the new arrival into the family and the wider community in a unique and meaningful way.

Baby Naming ceremonies are not religious ceremonies but they can contain some spiritual content. They cannot be used to change a child's name, and do not have any legal status. They are not restricted to babies. You may wish to formally name an older child, or more than one child in the same family can be included in the ceremony. You have freedom to design a ceremony that will be personal to you and your family - it could take place at home, or at an outside venue.

Who will be involved in your Naming Ceremomy?

Rather than godparents, whose traditional role is to help guide the child in a Christian life, "supporting adults" (or they can be called "guide parents" or "mentors") 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. They may wish to do this in the form of poetry or prose, or you may prefer that they respond to pre-chosen questions put by the celebrant. Being asked to be a supporting adult is an honour, so they should be people whom your child will see regularly and who will have a good and positive influence in the child's life. You may choose to say a few words at the ceremony as to why you have chosen them and what role you hope they will play in your child's life.

Grandparents are likely to be important people in your child's life. You may like them to speak during the ceremony, and to add their signatures to the commemorative certificate which will be presented as a token of the day. This will normally also be signed by the parents and supporting adults.

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 and 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.

  • 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 special book could be signed by all of your guests.

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 childs life.

I would feel honoured to discuss this special occasion with you, please call me for an informal chat.