I am often asked what is a Naming Ceremony and how does it differ from a Baptism.
The answer is quite straight forward - the purpose of a Naming ceremony is to welcome a child into their family and community and parents and others make promises to be there for the child and support them on their journey to adulthood.
A Baptism is the welcoming the child into the Church.
Families who wish can have both ceremonies as each has a different purpose.
Example of a Naming ceremony
Opening words by Celebrant
Naming of the child by their parent/parents
Supporting adults' promises
Acknowledgment of others who will be there for the child eg Grandparents, siblings etc
Signing of a certificate
This simple ceremony can be added to by including , additional readings, musical items, the giving gifts and actions with special meanings.
Each ceremony I conduct has a unique script which has been written to reflect the hopes and wishes for the child's future.
Please make contact if you would like to discuss a Naming ceremony for your child.
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Choosing a Celebrant to help you create that special ceremony is an important step towards making your occasion a really memorable one. Why not take advantage of the free initial meeting I offer ? I believe it is important to meet informally to discuss your ideas and what I can offer. Meeting also gives us an opportunity to explore the type of ceremony that would best suit your needs.