Naming Ceremonies – The birth of a child is a wonderful miracle

Namegiving ceremonies are a beautiful way to officially welcome your child to your family and wider circle of friends who will surround him/her and support them as they grow to adulthood.

Choosing your childs Godparents, Guardians or Mentors

In this day and age, I truly believe it is wise to take your time and choose worthy Godparents, Guardians, or Mentors for your children.

Our precious children need to learn who they can trust and be safe with, and for the times when they feel they may not be able to come to you for any reason, we need to provide them with role models that will have their best interests, and

those of your family, at heart. Traditionally, godparents are chosen for their own strong values and beliefs, so they could help to guide the growing child in the best way they know.

If you are choosing friends rather than family members, think about what role you would like them to play in your child’s life…

  • · Are they likely to still be in your life in 10 or 20 years time?

  • · Are they going to offer you and your child support if needed?

  • · Are they a person of good character that you would like your child to be influenced by?

So what happens at a Naming Ceremony?

This is your special ceremony for your child and we work together on the ceremony to make it a day that is personal, meaningful and special to your family. When deciding what to include, it is wise to remember that there will probably be other small children around that really don’t want to sit still for an hour-long poetry recital.  Ceremonies are designed to be approx 15-30 minutes in length.

As a general guideline the ceremony usually includes the following:

  • · Introduction and welcome by the celebrant

  • · Acknowledgements of special people in the child’s life (such as grandparents)

  • · Recognition of siblings and their inclusion in the ceremony

  • · Promises by parents

  • · Godparents introduction, expectations and promises they would like to make to your child

  • · Special Rituals (optional) – Such as a Naming Candle, Butterfly Release, Promise Box…

    The Naming of the Child

  • · Poems and Readings – these can anywhere throughout your ceremony as appropriate

  • · Signing of the Naming Book

  • · Presentation of the Certificates

  • · Final good wish or blessing delivered to the child by the celebrant

  • · Presentation of the child for kisses and cuddles!

A personalised naming certificate is presented to the parents for the child. Naming Ceremonies as such, are usually not religious, however, as it is your ceremony, you can include as much, as little, or no religious content as you deem appropriate.