A celebration of new life
Updated: Mar 22, 2021
We want a Christening, but we don't go to Church. Is a Naming Ceremony a good alternative?
If you want to celebrate the birth of your little one, or a child joining your family, however you aren't religious, then a Naming Ceremony could be for you.
With a Celebrant you may wish to include poems, readings or music, or other special symbolic additions such as lighting candles, or signing the book of promises. The ceremony can be as informal or as spiritual as you choose.
Having a Naming Ceremony is a great way to bring the family together, wish your little one all the best in their life, make commitments and promises to their future, and celebrate the joy that they bring. You can hold this celebration wherever you want, indoors or outdoors.
The word Christening refers to the naming ceremony, to ‘christen’ means to ‘give a name to’. Today, the ritual of a Christening has grown into a social occasion, as opposed to a religious one, as so many families are choosing secular ways to celebrate family milestones.
The Decline of Baptism and Christenings -
In England and Wales, by 2017, only 10% of babies were baptized in church, and in London, it was fewer than 5%. Official figures by the Church of Scotland reveal there has been a decline of almost 64%. Catholic baptisms have also declined.
By contrast the number of baby-naming ceremonies is rising and now approaches 10,000 a year.
The role of God parents today -
The role of the godparent has evolved too: shepherding the child's spiritual welfare has been replaced by the promise to become one of the significant grown-ups in the child’s life. Someone who is always there for the child, someone who makes that child feel special, who can lend an ear, give them unbiased advice, or who can treat them to that gorgeous Prom dress when mum & dad say ‘can’t’.
Singled out as a chosen mentor and guide, the modern-day godparent's role is a cherished one, better than mere blood, a precious reminder that you are significant friends forever – an official member of the family.
If you would like to chat to me about a Baby-Naming Ceremony for the new members in your family, please get in touch.