For those who are not religious a humanist naming ceremony is the perfect way to welcome a baby or a child into the family and the wider community of friends.
Each naming ceremony is written specifically for that child. I meet face-to-face with the parents to discuss the type of ceremony they would like and to find out as much information as I can about them and the child who is to be named. I then write a draft script which can be worked on until it is exactly what is required.
There is scope for participation in the ceremony by family members and friends. I encourage parents to write their own commitments to their child. At most ceremonies guide-parents (the equivalent of godparents) also make commitments to the child. There can be music and any one of a number of symbolic acts if desired.
Naming ceremonies are appropriate for children of a wide range of ages – from new-born babies to teenagers. They can be held anywhere – in a family home or garden, in a hotel or other function room or anywhere indoors or out.
I have conducted namings in places as diverse as the rocks of Tintagel, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Living Coasts Zoo and a wildlife park as well as homes, gardens and hotels.
If you would like to speak with me about a naming ceremony, do feel free to get in touch.