Do you wish to have some kind of ceremony which acknowledges the roles that chosen adults will play in your child’s life, yet you are not a regular church goer and wonder how to enable this?
A Naming ceremony might just fit the bill. The tradition of having a naming day stretches across the globe and most countries have a tradition associated with the given name of a child; in Christian communities it is known as a christening.
The naming ceremony is a moment to acknowledge your child’s presence in the world and to welcome the child into the family with promises made in public by specific adults who will be invested in helping the child grow and develop. Often these adults are called ‘guide parents’ or ‘mentors’ or ‘supporting adults’ and the promises they make reflect their individual and collective roles moving forward.
I offer a naming ceremony for those who may follow a spiritual pathway or who wish to put in place such a moment in front of family and friends.
The ceremony is written for you and then delivered on the day.
A naming ceremony:
There are many different ways to go about this and I, as your celebrant, can offer suggestions and thoughts and work with you to create an unforgettable ceremony.
You can plant a rose or tree to commemorate the day.
I will create a certificate of the day and if an older child is being named, how about some handprints incorporated into the certificate?
It is an opportunity to pass on a family heirloom.
Friends can read poems or a meaningful passage from a novel or sing a song.
I will set up the promises that the adults will take in front of family and friends as witnesses.
It is possible to name more than one child on the day and a lovely moment for an older child to speak their promise to their sibling.
Fee for naming ceremonies: £275-£325 depending on travel
Janet is very happy for fees to be paid by instalments
A happy child!
A ceremony that embraces everyone
A happy mother!