A Naming Ceremony is a great way to celebrate and introduce your new little one to their family and the world.
A baby naming ceremony is like a christening without the church. It can help anywhere you like … at home, in a park etc.
Just like a christening, you can choose to have godparents/guardians and let them be a special part of this wonderful ceremony.
An experienced Celebrant such as Michael Janz Celebrant, Sydney is an ideal person to conduct your naming ceremony.
Here’s what a Naming Ceremony could look like …
Welcome and Naming
A warm welcome to you all, as we come together to celebrate the newest member of our family, our gorgeous little man Charlie. Today we mark a milestone not only for Charlie, but for his Mum and Dad, Kerry and Chris, big sis Pippa and for those lucky enough to be part of his extended family and friends.
It’s just over two years that Charlie has been in this world. Charlie Christopher James was born on 22 April 2016 only a very short distance from here.
We are all deeply touched by the birth of a baby. That a child is born into this world in innocence and pure love, is indeed a miracle. A tiny human who is so dependent on us for all his nurturing, his nourishment and his learning. Today we see how much Charlie has grown and developed as a result of the love and nurturing he has received.
A naming ceremony’s purpose is to officially give a little one their name and to make the name known to all his friends and family. A naming ceremony has an extended purpose of presenting the little one to the community and to celebrate the arrival of a new person in that community.
We all shared in the joy of Charlie’s arrival – just as we all share the responsibility of shaping him as a person. Charlie needs everyone’s good and caring influence as we offer him our love, our knowledge and our wisdom. The more people to whom he relates, the more balanced and rich his growth will be. Your presence at this celebration today is appreciated, as will be your interest and involvement in the years ahead.
Charlie – your name has been chosen with love and with the strength of individualism. We therefore name you Charlie Christopher James. We wish you long life and happiness in a loving and peaceful world. May you bring joy to your parents, your family and friends.
Pippa Big Sister’s Words
Pippa shares a poem or reads the reasons she loves Charlie
Charlie’s Great Gran is now going to read a poem entitled The Example of Parenthood
The Example of Parenthood
There are little eyes upon you and they’re watching night and day;
There are little ears that quickly take in everything you say;
There are little hands all eager to do everything you do,
And a little boy who’s dreaming of the day he’ll be like you.
You’re little Charlie’s idol you’re the wisest of the wise;
In his little mind about you no suspicions ever rise.
There’s a wide-eyed little boy who believes you’re always right,
And his ears are always open as he watches day and night.
You are setting an example every day in all you do.
For the little boy who’s waiting to grow up to be like you.
Promises of Godparents
Kerry and Chris have asked 4 family members to be God parents to Charlie. Aunty Charlotte, Uncle Tom, Aunty Silvi and Uncle Dave please come forward
Guardians are named individuals chosen by the parents to take an interest in the child’s upbringing and personal development.
So, I formally ask you all:
Will you stay close to Charlie to the best of your ability? We will
Will you help to guide him through life healthfully and happily? We will
Will you try to be a good influence by your own way of living, encourage him to observe worthy principles, and decent treatment of his fellow human beings and his world? We will
Will you encourage and support the challenges of his dual heritage, in particular his bizarre yet devoted support of the Broncos, (given that he was born and lives in NSW) and the constant battle of how to pronounce yoghurt and vitamins. 😊 We Will
Promises for everyone
Kerry and Chris are aware that raising a child holds big responsibilities, and takes a village. They feel blessed and privileged to include all of you in the circle of love and support that will surround Charlie as he travels through life. It is important that they are able to ask for support on occasion, and for Charlie to be able to gain counsel from family and friends – people he can trust to go to as he grows.
With this in mind, will you help to offer Charlie a broad and balanced view of life, We will
Will you encourage him in the virtues we all agree as good – integrity, honesty, concern, fairness and love toward all his fellow human beings. We will
Will you be dedicated a shoulder to lean on, a phone call or simple a supportive text for Kerry and Chris when Charlie starts to challenge them in ways that today they can’t even imagine – I’m thinking teenage years – I’m the father of three boys so I know what I’m talking about! We will
As we draw this ceremony to a close, I say to you, Charlie, may life’s richest joys and blessings be yours. May you grow in health of body and mind to full adulthood and may it be your good fortune to play some worthy part in making life more pleasant for those whose paths you cross.
On behalf of Chris and Kerry I’d like to thank you for your attendance, affirmations and support in the past, present and future.