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Baby Naming Ceremonies / Baby Blessings

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Creating and conducting masterpiece ceremonies for memories that last a lifetime.

Providing officiating services for Baby Naming's,  Blessings, Marriages, Civil Unions, Remarriages, Vow Renewals, Elopements, Commitments, Funerals and Memorial Ceremonies.  Secular, Interfaith, Alternative, Civil, Traditional and Contemporary. Your day - your way.

Hint: Combining the birthday party and a naming ceremony often works really well. Your celebrant will provide you with lots of other helpful ideas and suggestions.


Non-Religious Baby Naming Ceremonies


The birth of a new baby is a time of joy and celebration, and most parents want to share that joy with family and friends.


However many parents these days feel that they do not want a traditional church christening, either because they do not hold any religious beliefs themselves, or because they may want their child to be able to choose their own beliefs as they get older.


A baby naming ceremony offers a beautiful alternative, giving you a chance to openly welcome your child and affirm your love and commitment to them surrounded by a loving circle of family and friends.

 

We conduct ceremonies for many different families: Married Couples, unmarried parents, single parents, adoptive parents, step parents, parents who are of different religions and cultures, and lesbian and gay parents who have children.


Each ceremony is unique and individually written for you personally. There is no set pattern or script which must be followed. You are entirely free to choose readings, poems or music which you may like to include in the ceremony. You may wish to write your own vows and promises to your child. Prayers, hymns or blessings may be included in the ceremony, but this is entirely down to your own choice.


If you have older children, you may like to include them in the ceremony as well. If they are old enough they may like to read a poem, sing a song or play an instrument. If they are too young to actually participate in the ceremony itself, then it may be that you simply add a few extra words to welcome the older child as a “big brother or sister”, and reaffirm your love and commitment to your older child/children at the same time.


Although not strictly necessary, most naming's include the appointment of a non-religious Godparent. You may still choose to use the title of Godparent, though you may prefer a different title for them, for example: supporting or guiding adult. These people will promise to take a special interest in your child's future and to be there as a friend and a source of welcoming advice for the child outside of the immediate family as he or she grows up. Godparents are encouraged whenever possible to write their own promises to the child, so that they can be personal and meaningful and will hopefully be promises that each can keep.



Baby Blessing Ceremonies


A baby blessing is a public opportunity to have blessings bestowed on the child and the parents.   This type of ceremony is a sweet, heartfelt and important event where we rejoice and welcome the blessing of a new life – your baby.  We shall formally announce the name of your child to your family, Godparents, mentors and friends.  We will acknowledge the joy and pride you feel as parents, giving thanks for your precious baby boy or girl – honouring his or her uniqueness, and the baby’s forward path into a world they await to discover.

Some parents will opt for a blessing ceremony without the baptism ritual.  This way they reserve their child's right to decide on being baptized or not.  A blessing or welcoming ceremony can be held whenever the parents feel ready – sometimes within the first few months of life, often around the child’s first birthday. (And no, its never too late to hold a blessing ceremony for your child!)

Blessings or good wishes may be bestowed on the child by the significant people in her life, eg parents, grandparents, older brothers and sisters, godparents or guardians who will have a special role in the child’s life, and/or by the whole assembled circle of family and friends.


Hatches Baby Naming Ceremonies / Baby Blessings

The Hatches section of our company is where we take care of officially welcoming your baby into the world, introducing him/her formerly and officially to family and friends, and offering a blessing to him or her. Non-denominational baby blessing and naming ceremonies are a wonderful way to welcome children who have been newly added to your family via birth or adoption.