Baby Blessings and Namings
The arrival of a baby is a uniquely joyful event in the life of a family. A naming ceremony is an opportunity for family and friends to gather together to welcome the child into their community, and into their hearts and lives. This ceremony can be offered for babies, or for children when they are a little older and you might, for example, wish to hold a ceremony to include both or all your children at the same time.
A blessing or naming ceremony is different from a christening which is the specific welcoming of a baby or child into the Christian church. A naming ceremony does not preclude a christening for your child at some later stage.
Sponsors, or godparents, or spiritual guardians are a wonderful way of including friends and the wider family into your family life. It is lovely for a child to have a special aunt or uncle to talk to and take an interest in their lives as they are growing up. You can involve the sponsors / godparents by inviting them to family events, birthdays or your child’s school festivals. At the naming ceremony parents can invite their chosen sponsors to offer a poem, or other contribution of some kind, and they can be asked to make a formal commitment if desired.
This occasion can also be an opportunity for grandparents to be honoured and recognized and also an opportunity for parents to renew their own vows of love and commitment and express their appreciation for each other
Blessing and naming ceremonies can be held anywhere, and can be as large or as small as you like. Most people choose their own home, but alternatively you could hire a room in a local venue. If at home, a small marquee or gazebo could be put up in the garden to create a welcoming space. The most popular time to have a blessing and naming ceremony is at the weekend, either at midday followed by a special lunch, or in the afternoon, followed by tea.