If you, like a growing number of parents, would like to celebrate the birth of your child but do not particularly want a church service then why not have a Naming Ceremony? A Naming Ceremony is similar to a church service however instead of having a baptism in a church or chapel to celebrate the birth of your child with family and friends, you can celebrate the birth of your child with your family and friends in a similar way but either at home or in a park, therefore a Naming Ceremony does not contain a religious component. I can help you to organise the ceremony in any way that you would like. It can be fun and interactive for guests who can sign a book with wishes for the child, help make an artwork for the child or light candles, the possibilities can be endless and are only limited to your imagination. Or if you would like a touch of spirituality, I can make it calm and spiritual with the inclusion of traditional poems or readings. As parents you still choose Guardians/God Parents for your child and their role will be the same as if it were a church service and that is to lovingly watch over, guide and protect your child. It is also a gorgeous way to include the Grandparents and they love it when I spring a surprise inclusion with them! On the day, I will present you and your child with a Naming Day Certificate of your choice from my selection of examples as will their 2 Guardians/God Parents (the first 2 certificates for the Guardians/God Parents are included in my charge however there will be an added charge of $5.00 for each additional Guardian/God Parent). As an extra surprise for the Grandparents, they too get a certificate and the majority of the time all of the certificates can be matching. So, if you are looking for something different and special to announce and welcome the arrival of your child, feel free to give me a call.
Please be aware that even though the Naming Ceremony may be performed by a Registered Civil Celebrant, they are not legally binding and do not have any legal status so you still need to obtain your child’s registered birth certificate from Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Rebecca O'Sullivan Celebrant
"Helping celebrate your most important occasion with a uniquely personalised service"