Sydney City Celebrants

Ray & Jill  Standen

NAMING CEREMONIES

For all NSW & ACT Naming ceremonies.

JILL STANDEN

Congratulations a precious gift a beautiful baby, what a perfect way to show off and welcome your child into the family circle by having a naming ceremony.

Name giving Ceremonies give families a choice - it is a welcome to the community of family and friends, without necessarily involving a particular faith. The celebration often begins with a little about the history of Name giving’s, the role of Parents and Godparents/ Guardians/ Mentors. I ask everyone present, as your personal community, to join with the Godparents/ Mentors/ Guardians for the formal naming. This is followed by the presentation of Certificates to the child who has just been formally named to the Godparents/ Mentors/ Guardians, and also to Grandparents if you wish.

To begin the planning, I offer you a ceremony which has suggested wording, and you are free to either choose from that, or simply let it be a guide, similar to planning your Marriage Ceremony. It is important that the words "feel" right for you, so the preparation is 

totally personal, and very adaptable. It is usually advisable to have a fairly short ceremony (approx 15-20 minutes) as there are often children among the guests, and if we try to keep them standing still for too long it can be a bit difficult! However, I am quite happy to work with whatever length of ceremony you choose.

RAY STANDEN

To begin the planning, I offer you choices and suggestion wording, and you are encouraged to personalise the service to meet your personal or spiritual requirements. The celebration often begins with a little about the history of Name giving's, the role of Parents and Godparents/Guardians/Mentors. 

I ask everyone present, as your personal community, to join with the Godparents/Guardians/Mentors for the formal official naming, Candle, Water, Sand and Stone ceremonies may be included at no additional cost. Followed by the presentation of Certificates to the child who has just been formally named; to the Godparents/Guardians/Mentors,

and also to Grandparents.

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