"Taking time to value and honour the children in our world is an important ceremony worthy of our time, thought and energy." Wendy Haynes
A Naming Ceremony is a non-religious celebration, welcoming and formally introducing your child to their family community and the world at large. Essentially it is a collective honouring of your child’s presence in the community. If you have chosen guides or godparents to support and love your child through to adulthood, is an opportunity to acknowledge these special people and for them to express their highest vision for his/her journey through life. A symbolic ritual is a meaningful and fun way of including the whole family community as they celebrate this precious life together. I am most happy to co-create a ritual that reflects your family's customs, values and lifestyle.
There are no age limits for a naming ceremony. They are appropriate for infants through to adults depending on your needs. They can signify the uniting of step or adopted children within a family, be integrated into a wedding or mark to name change of an adult. Again there are no rules, so allow this ceremony to truly reflect who you are as a family.
- Welcome to family and friends
- Introduce your child to their family community - include the significance of your child's name
- Acknowledge any 'special' people in your little ones life by inviting them to read a passage, sing a song or perform a puppet show!
- Blessings and promises from chosen guides or godparents
- Symbolic Ritual to involve and unite the community
- Presentation of Certificate
- Gratitude and auspicious blessing in conclusion
Where – Chosing a location that your child is familiar with, such as your home or a nearby park can help your child feel safe and relaxed.
When – Be aware of sleeping times for little ones. Ensure they are fed and have had a nap before the ceremony.
Who – Surround your child with those people who are important to you and you child – family and special friends.
Poems & Readings
And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, 'Speak to us of Children.'
And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.
Always Believe in Yourself
Get to know yourself ~
what you can do
and what you cannot do ~
for only you can make your
life happy ...
Believe that by working
learning and achieving
you can reach your goals
and be successful
Believe in your own creativity
as a means of expressing
your true feelings
Believe in appreciating life
Be sure to have fun every day
and to enjoy
the beauty in the world
Believe in LOVE
Love your friends
and your life
Believe in your dreams
and your dreams can become
Susan Polis Schutz