Welcoming a new baby into the world is a BIG DEAL.
Becoming a parent might be something you've dreamed about your entire life... and now you've actually done it. You've got yourself a baby - hello sleepless nights and package holidays and ENDLESS, ETERNAL LOVE!
Starting (or expanding) your family is a major milestone moment in your life and, if you're not religious, then the options for marking this event, in a way that feels truly special, might feel a bit limited.
You may be wondering whether a Christening is really the only 'proper' way to celebrate your new arrival - after all, it's what Gran wants and that Vicar round the corner seems friendly enough... yes, you'll have to swallow some weird stuff about Christ 'claiming' your child. But what else can you do?
... I'm here to show you another way!
Humanist naming ceremonies allow non-religious or mixed-faith parents to welcome their child in a way that feels personal and relevant to the lives that they actually lead.
As with Humanist weddings, every naming ceremony is completely different and totally personalised for that particular family. But there are some common elements:
- Welcoming your guests
- Reflecting on the impact your child has had on your family and the story behind their name
- Considering the challenges of parenthood and what being a new mum or dad means to you
- Incorporating readings, music or symbolic actions
- Promises made by the ‘god parents’(/ guideparents/ mentors) and parents
- The naming itself!
- ... and, of course, the Toast - to your newest family member!
In my mind, the best naming ceremonies combine all the ceremony and spectacle you'd expect from a religious event, like a Christening, with the informality, joy and laughter of a really good family barbeque! But... informal, formal, relaxed or chaotic – your naming ceremony is whatever you want it to be. They can take place anywhere that you choose and the ceremony can be organised in a way that is right for you.
Again, that’s what I’m here for: to create a fabulous naming ceremony that works for you and your family.
If you're interested in finding out more about having a naming ceremony please get in touch!