A ceremony for your baby welcomes the child into the family and community. For families who are not churchgoers and do not want a baptism or christening, but do want to celebrate the arrival of a new baby, the following ceremonies are a possible alternative. Below are samples of some of the ceremonies we offer. We also Tailor-make ceremonies to your specific requirements. You have the option to be hands on with every detail of planning your ceremony, or you may wish to give us an idea of what you want and we will plan it for you.
The ceremony is designed to provide a dignified and formal opportunity to welcome a new member to the family and to the community. During the non-religious ceremony you can announce the names that you have chosen, make commitment promises to your child and also choose other adults to provide support. Family and friends are usually invited to share in the occasion. These ceremonies are not just for babies - children of any age can have a naming ceremony. A commemorative certificate will be signed and presented during the ceremony.
Baby Blessing Ceremonies
A baby blessing is a public opportunity to have blessings bestowed on the child and the parents.
Some parents will opt for a blessing ceremony without the baptism ritual. This way they reserve their child's right to decide on being baptized or not.
Baby Blessing Rituals can include:
Blessing with health
Blessing with a keen mind
Blessing with wealth
Blessing with making the right choices in life
Blessing with wisdom
Blessing with knowledge
Baby Dedication Ceremony
The baby dedication ritual is a combination of many other baby celebrations. This ritual includes the naming the child, blessing the child, parents' vows of dedication, protection, and the dedication of a child's life (optional).
However, its purpose is to dedicate the child's life to the services of God or to the service of mankind/humankind.
The child can be dedicated to:
The ultimate goal will be to allow the child to blossom into the person he/she wants to be and being dedicated parents in raising the child and protecting him/her.
Baby Naming Ceremony
A baby naming ceremony is a very important ritual and should not be taken lightly. Our name is a badge of honor that is worn proudly. It anchors us into this world and to our spirit. It is a significant part of our personality and a spiritual link to who we're going to be. Therefore, a naming ceremony helps with a child's development into adulthood by showing him/her the importance of his/her name early in life. In many cultures, the public naming of a child takes place within the first month of a child's life. However, it can take place at a time the parents select.
A naming ceremony is also for an adult who has found the need to change his/her name and lifestyle.
Baby Baptism / Christening Ceremonies
The decision to baptize a child is entirely up to the parents. Many times the baby is baptized into the faith of his/her guardians. For those who do not claim any particular religion, but worship God in a spiritual way, they may choose to have their child baptized with light or love.
Modern families are composed of many religious backgrounds or none at all. Many interfaith couples are seeking private rituals that will honor the religious philosophies of both parents.
Therefore, a customized baby celebration appeals to the multi-faith families.
The baptism ritual can mean:
Purifying the child
Welcoming the child into our world
Washing away thoughts of materiality
Spiritual birth into the Kingdom of God
Anyone at any age can be baptized, and it is not necessary that the ritual of baptism takes place in a church.
The baptism ritual can be performed in a home, hall, park, etc. and still be sacred. However, the place you select should be special. So when your child looks back on it, he/she will be proud of where it was held and how it was executed.