Modern Baby Namings, Baby Blessings, and Child Honourings
Whether our children arrive through birth or adoption, they represent the gift of life, new beginnings, and fresh starts. For centuries, people of every culture and faith have gathered to rejoice in the coming of their children. Ritual and ceremony affirmed the role of parents and helped them inhabit the lessons and truths of parenthood. These ceremonies also supported healthy family relationships in the larger community.
A Fresh Alternative to Baptism or Christening
Religious services like baptism or christening were the traditional ways we named and presented our children. But, for many people, these no longer feel relevant. When ceremonies and rituals get stale, they lose their meaning and we stop using them.
Most parents today, unable to find a ceremony that fits, end up doing nothing. It is a loss not only for parents but for us all. When we fail to rejoice at the new life in our midst, we fail as a society to nurture our humanity. That must be why new parents get so excited when they discover Modern Celebrant’s children’s ceremonies and realize there is a fresh, modern alternative to baptism or christening! Depending on the family, we call these a Child Honouring, Baby Naming, Baby Blessing, or Adoption Ceremony.
Family Ceremonies for Birth or Adoption
Are you interested in holding a Child Honouring, Baby Naming, Baby Blessing, or Adoption Ceremony to celebrate your child and your family? Celebrant Michele would be thrilled to custom craft a ceremony that mirrors your values and shares your parent-child story with those you love. She suggests poems and readings, parental vows, and culturally sensitive rituals that suit you and your child. Michele loves to include the Covenant for Honouring Children. Many parents find this deeply inspiring. (Celebrant Michele Davidson is recognized by the Centre for Child Honouring.)
Michele will also suggest ways to involve grandparents as well as guide (or god) parents. This helps you lay a foundation for new family traditions and connections. There will be laughter, expressions of love, a few tears, and an exuberant closing. You will also receive a beautiful keepsake copy to put away for your child.
Modern Celebrant’s custom written and warmly officiated Child Honouring, Baby Naming, Baby Blessing, or Adoption Ceremonies are $800. Shorter ceremonies are possible too! So let’s talk about your vision for your family’s special day.