“Naming a child is an act of poetry.”
A naming ceremony is a wonderful way to welcome you child to the wider family, relatives and friends. More people are choose to have a Naming Ceremony rather than a Christening or Baptism for their child. Our Naming Ceremonies can be completely non-religious but equally they cna contain religious/ spiritual elements if desired. We believe the choice is yours to make as human spirituality and opinions are personal and unique to us all. You don’t have to belong to any particular Church, group or organisation.
We will work with you on your ceremony script to ensure your day meets your expectations, covering the elements which are most important to you. A naming ceremony is a chance to “formally” name and introduce your child within a ceremonial context and can include various aspects such as the reason for choosing your child’s name, its meaning and significance.
During the ceremony, parents can make a public declaration of their love for and commitment to their child and parenthood and promises to them. There is ample opportunity to involve others in the ceremony, for example, grandparents, supporting adults/ God Parents, guardians, aunts, uncles, siblings and cousin can all be included in various aspects, making it a unique and joyful occasion for the whole family.
You can also choose from a variety of ceremonial elements and gestures to personalise your ceremony further. These can range from the lighting of unity candles to the release of balloons containing hopes and wishes for the child.
Popular ceremonial elements for Naming Ceremonies include:
- Lighting of a unity candle
- Tealight ceremony
- Sand ceremony
- Hand ceremony
- Tree planting
- Oathing stone
- Time Capsule/ Treasure Chest ceremony
- Balloon Release
- Presentation of gifts
We also conduct Adoption and Welcoming Ceremonies to mark these special occasions.
Whilst naming ceremonies can be seen as an alternative to Christening/ infant Baptism, it should be noted that they are not the same thing. We do not carry out Christenings or infant Baptisms, however for those who would like a more faith-based ceremony we can include a Dedication Ceremony within the Naming Ceremony.