About Helen Jefferies

Helen Jefferies, namings celebrantHello! I’m Helen, a Humanist namings celebrant based in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

I love nothing more than working with families to create a warm and truly welcoming ceremony for their new (or not-so-new!) arrival. And even if you’re still not sure whether a Humanist ceremony is right for you, please get in touch to find out more.

What I do

As a professional writer and editor, I’ll use your story to create and lead a ceremony that’s unique to your family. If there’s a poem or reading you’d like to include, no problem. If you want a creative way for extended family and friends to be involved, that’s great too! If you want the whole thing in rhyming couplets, that may take a little longer.

But the point is that there’s no such thing as a “standard” naming – every part should be meaningful and specific to the person being named, whether they’re a newborn or a teenager.

What’s the point of a naming ceremony?

More and more people are choosing a naming ceremony to mark the birth of a new baby, the joining of two families, or an adoption. Whatever the occasion, it’s only natural to want to gather your nearest and dearest together to make a public commitment to each other, to declare the kind of parent you want to be and, of course, to have a bit of a party.

A Humanist ceremony is the chance to design the perfect ceremony for you, with the right balance of solemnity and silliness, humour and heart. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, contact me for an informal chat. I look forward to working with your family to mark this exciting milestone and create happy memories you’ll treasure.