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Baptisms and another ways to hold a designation ceremony - parenting


Traditionally, babies have been named at a christening/baptism. Most still are, but increasingly parents are choosing an alternative, non-religious ceremony.

There are three types of assistance existing at a Church.

  • The accepted Infant Beginning (which most associates call a 'christening'), here the parents announce the child to be a follower of Jesus Christ;
  • A assistance of Dedication, when the parents make promises about the upbringing of their child - these army are collective in Baptist churches; and
  • A Prayer for the Gift of a Child, a assistance of Blessing which is based on what Jesus did when brood were brought to Him. This benefit is increasingly all the rage in the Minster of England as parents are less liable to make promises on the child's behalf that he or she may not wish to keep later in life.

Many parents don't go to minster themselves and don't want to have their child named in a house of worship service. There are alternatives.

You can hold a ancestors gathering at your own home or a hired venue near home at which the baby is named. You can do this yourself, have a boss appendage of the ancestors act upon the naming, or bring a celebrity in to hold a decorous ceremony.

The Baby Identification Circle will help you to put on a devout or non-religious ceremony. For less than £30, they will provide:

  • A personalised handwriting from a array of ceremonies;
  • A short programme which can be derivative for your guests;
  • A certificate for you to keep as a token of the service;
  • Copies of readings select from the Society's selection.

Another cause worth looking at is the British Humanist Association where you will be able to get comparable advise. The BHA are non-religious.

A beneficial book, New Arrivals, is available. Call them at www. humanism. org. uk.

Author: Tony Luck who runs a site where you will find assistance on pregnancy and looking after a baby.


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