A naming ceremony is held to celebrate the arrival of a child. It is perfect if you want to avoid a religious service.
Your baby will still have their ‘special day’ whilst you all gather for a day of fun and laughter with friends and family.
You can appoint chosen ‘guide parents’ to make promises to help you raise your children. They can also make a commitment to always be there for them. A naming ceremony generally lasts around 30 minutes – dependent upon what you wish to include.
Welcome a few words to thank those that have attended and an explanation of what a naming ceremony is.
Introduction to the child(ren) to be involved, with special mention of their individual journeys so far, their personalities and what makes them so unique.
Reading/poem by either celebrant or a chosen friend/family member.
Speech from either celebrant, one of the parents or an older sibling to welcome the new child into the family.
Symbolic Ritual many families like to include all or some of the guests to join them in a ritual. You might plant a tree, light candles, or release balloons. We could include a pebble or sand ceremony, tie ribbon, or perform a group hand-fasting. The list is endless…
Introduce the guide parents with them each making individual promises. Alternatively they could offer a group response to dedications read by the celebrant.
Further readings This could be a favourite quote, ceremonial blessing or reading from a book.
Music often forms an important part of the day for many families. Songs can be incorporated within the service or just played in the background at any time.
Reflection and close as your celebrant helps to bring your service to a beautiful end.
Don’t worry if you are short of ideas – I have a vast range of readings, poems and rituals that I can share with you in order to make sure the day is perfectly suited to you.