A ceremony is sometimes referred to as a rite of passage or ritual and can prove to be a powerful experience. Usually witnessed by others, it empowers us to progress from one stage of life to the next. A naming and welcoming ceremony is a gathering to mark and celebrate new life. It is also an ideal opportunity to introduce a child to its wider family, friends and to publicly announce their name.
As a OneSpirit minister I have an open approach to spirituality that embraces the truth of all faiths or none.
Together, we can create a beautiful, meaningful and befitting ceremony, whether your ideas are traditional, alternative or a fusion of both.
• Make promises to your child, that hold meaning and value for you as a family
• Friends and family members can play a loving part in the proceedings
• Choose words, music and readings that are meaningful to you
• ‘Guardians’ can choose and make promises they are prepared to keep
• There are many ways in which other siblings can be included
• Remember those unable to be present for whatever reason, by lighting a candle
• Such ceremonies can be created for fostered and adopted children
• A little humour will create light-heartedness
• Earth based traditions can be included
• Ceremonies can take place almost anywhere: At home, in the garden, on the beach, in a wild flower meadow. Choices are only limited by your imagination.
‘With a deep love of nature but with no particular religious faith we felt unsure how to celebrate the arrival of our son, Adam. With Jean’s imaginative guidance we created a beautiful ceremony which took place in our cottage garden beneath the willow tree. Everyone wrote wishes for Adam on cotton flags and tied them to the willow tree. Jean suggested we ask special friends to be guardians to Adam for Male Youth, Wisdom, Creativity and Spirituality. A day full of truly wonderful memories thank you Jean’ – Carrie and Brian.