I recently read an interesting blog by a fellow Independent Celebrant posing the question should we change "Naming Ceremonies" to "Welcoming ceremonies."
A Naming ceremony is often thought to be an alternative to a baptism, and is usually undertaken when a child is small. Often a Naming ceremony is considered to be an alternative but should it be ?
A baptism is a ceremony in which a child is welcomed into the Church where as a Naming ceremony is one which welcomes a child into the community. So it is perfectly possible to have both types of ceremony.
So should we be thinking wider ?
A Welcoming ceremony could be for a child or young adult of any age. It would be an acknowledgement of someone new joining the family and the wider circle of friends.
What do you think ?
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.