A Naming Ceremony is the event at which an infant, a youth, or an adult or relatives is given a name or names. The timing can vary from mere days after birth to several months or many years.
Civil Celebrants now offer baby naming ceremonies which are the non-religious equivalent of a christening.
There are six essential sections to a ceremony:
Welcome and Introduction to what will happen in the Ceremony
Naming of child
Parents’ Promises (in which they are able to dedicate themselves to the upbringing of the child)
Promises by Supporting Adults/Guide Parents
During the Ceremony there will be opportunities for readings, music and reflection. You may also wish to include additional sections, for example, reasons for the names, hopes for the future, parents’ vows to each other, grandparents’ promises, absent guests and a presentation of a gift to your child. I will only to happy to guide you through the planning process and to offer advice so that the Ceremony is personal to you and your child and everything runs smoothly on the day.
Parents will be make promises in which they dedicate themselves to the upbringing of the child and Supporting Adults/Guide Parents have the opportunity to make their own promises of love and friendship to the child and his/her parents. I will provide certificates for them if requested.
The Venue is up to the family so could be at their home, in their garden, down at the beach or in a village hall. I will write the ceremony for the family include the godparents and why they have been chosen. Then I will take the ceremony before leaving the family to have a brilliant party afterwards. A good idea for these ceremonies is to have bubbles for the younger children who attend, then the bubbles can be blown when the child is named. Water can still be used on the child’s forehead but instead of a cross being marked by water I will mark a heart
Personalised for the family
This ceremony is made even more special by it being personalised for the family. The ceremony is not shared by other families not known to each other and the family is not tied down to a certain day and time