“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself…” The Prophet
Little ones come into our lives offering unconditional love and hope for the journey of a new life ahead. We can honour them with a beautiful and meaningful naming ceremony.
Naming ceremonies are secular (non-religious) ceremonies. It’s entirely up to you as to how you would like the ceremony to be organised but they usually last about 20 minutes. During the ceremony you state your love and commitment to your child and declare your hopes for their future. You can choose to read poetry or a favourite piece of prose, with music playing in the background.
Rather than godparents, whose traditional role is to help guide the child in a Christian life, your family and friends can be known as “supporting adults” or “mentors” or “fairy godparents’” or “guardian angels” and state their commitment to be there for your child, as he or she grows up and throughout their life in whatever way is needed. You may wish to include siblings, grandparents and rituals such as candle lighting. Naming ceremonies work wonderfully with a theme…such as butterflies, balloons, ‘wild’ animals, yellow rubber duckies, flowers etc…
Naming ceremonies are not legally binding and do not have any legal status, although you will be presented with a childs Naming Certificate and record of the ceremony.
Make any special life event a celebration through ceremony.
Let it be an opportunity to celebrate the special people in your life. …. be it for a special birthday, anniversary, a “This is Your Life” occasion, a coming of age, commencing a new job, an “At Last’ retirement party, a moving house blessing or any special day of the year…. Or just ‘because’!
A ceremony for a special celebration allows families to have quality time together, to enjoy those rare and joyous gatherings of family and friends together. Create a celebration that includes a ceremony as a way of helping younger family members find their roots and have a stronger sense of identity and family support.
The celebration with ceremony builds memories and documents family history through photos and prose and it enables us to express to our older citizens our thanks for their contributions to our lives.
Start your special event celebration, with a well designed ceremony, and using the creative talents of yourself and family and friends……and my organisational and ceremonial skills….. a significant and special ceremony can evolve. Consider including activities (dancing, game of cricket) and refreshments to give a festive feel to the celebration……. just as one would for a wedding.