“What’s in a name?” – William Shakespeare
When a child comes into the world, we may want to celebrate this occasion with our friends and family. A lot of people choose to have a christening, but for those who do not want to make it a purely religious occasion, there is a naming ceremony which is more of a welcoming celebration.
The naming ceremony, often for new babies, can be adapted for older children, for instance for step families joining each other, or welcoming an adopted child into your family.
Rather than Godparents, whose traditional role is to help guide the child in a Christian life, “supporting adults” or “mentors” (who may be friends or family) can say that they will be there for your child as he or she grows up and throughout their life in whatever way is needed. They can do this in the form of promises that they read out at the ceremony. This ceremony can include religious elements if required.
I can supply a Naming Ceremony Certificate that may be presented to each adult and the parents (as required) as a record of the ceremony and a token of the day.
As with other ceremonies this can be held at any venue you choose, including your own home.