If you’ve recently welcomed a new life into the world then your family will want to celebrate the occasion. Whether you are part of a religious community or not, there are options for marking the arrival of a new son or daughter. You can choose a traditional christening ceremony or a non-religious naming ceremony. Here we look at the differences:
Baptisms and christenings take a religious form and welcome a new baby into the church. The ceremonies usually happen in a church and place of worship by a confirmed minister, vicar or priest. Family and friends are invited to attend the event, with the parents and God parents invited to the forefront of the ceremony to pledge their services to God and offer guidance to the baby as it grows. Baptisms often take place during a normal Sunday service and you can expect hymn singing and bible readings to take place during the event. If you’ve been invited to attend such a wonderful occasion then you’ll be thinking about Ireland Christening Gifts. For a great range, visit https://www.gifts4baby.ie/christening-gifts-Ireland
For families who would prefer a non-religious ceremony, naming ceremonies have become a popular alternative to celebrate the safe arrival of a new baby. This event can take place in a licensed building or just about anywhere you choose. There are professional ‘celebrants’ who can perform a humanist ceremony in any format of the parents’ choosing. The aim of a naming ceremony is the same as a christening but without the religious promises. Parents still pledge their love and support and mentors can be appointed in place of God parents. It is not a legal ceremony but is a great way for family and friends to join together and welcome baby into the world.
After either type of ceremony, it’s customary for a party to be held. How big or small is entirely up to the family but parties are usually held in local halls, pubs, hotels or even at home. Food and drink is laid out and there is normally a specially made cake to mark the occasion. There is no requirement to have any kind of ceremony but it’s nice to hold some kind of event, however small, to bring family members and loved ones closer to your baby.
A third option exists for those who would like a religious element but not the full commitment of a baptism. Church blessings are available by some clergy who view it as a precursor to a full baptism when the child is old enough to understand what it means. This idea works well if you’re concerned about your child having a right to choose their religious affiliation. A blessing is similar to a christening in that it will form part of a church service. You might be asked to write part of the blessing yourself, listen to readings, sing hymns and invite God parents to join in as well. However, it’s a smaller, less formal and perhaps more intimate occasion that you might find works well for you.