If you are looking for a joyful, meaningful way to mark your Childs arrival into the world, that not only embraces your own spiritual beliefs and dreams for your child’s future, but includes a unique and non prescriptive ceremony – then Ann-Marie can offer you a heartfelt and open fusion of ideals, beliefs and rituals that is as unique as you and your family for your baby naming or blessing ceremony.
It is a great honour for Ann-Marie to be part of a baby naming and blessing ceremony to mark a new life into the world. A child can bring many joys and hope to a family and more parents and extended family wish to be part of the upbringing and welfare of the child. To really dedicate time, commitment and insight into a child’s spiritual journey is truly a beautiful and clear message for your child’s future.
A baby naming / blessing ceremony with Ann-Marie
Ann-Marie is there to help inspire and captivate your wishes for your child.
There will be an initial meeting to run through the details and discuss your own needs and wants for the occasion.
Ann-Marie will also help you to connect with your heart and allow the true essence to flow of what it is to be a parent and the meaning behind the baby naming / blessing ceremony you are choosing. The process is a clear message and intention of the true desire you have for your child and the significance and reverence of being a parent to not only love your child but to guide and inspire them.
Ann-Marie will support you through the process and hold the highest intent for the process and ceremony.
The day of the baby naming / blessing ceremony is really a time of celebration and a clear signal to all who will be attending of what your intentions are for your child. Ann-Marie will oversee the ceremony and hold the space for all attending and will of course be honouring your child and honouring the beauty of their soul.
Baby blessing/naming ceremony – £200
If more than one child is to be blessed then there will be an extra charge.
40p per mile will also be added for petrol if beyond a 30 mile radius of Upper Beeding
How is it different from a traditional Christening?
Traditional Christenings are to welcome a child into the Christian church and faith, whereas a blessing or naming ceremony will allow the child to choose his or her own faith at a future point in time.
As parents you may wish to include your own particular spiritual beliefs and wishes to the baby naming / blessing ceremony and of course include your own hopes, dreams and blessings.
Grandparents, siblings, friends and family members are all part of the child’s life and therefore to be included in the celebrations. You may also choose to have Godparents, spiritual guardians or mentors to be part of the service and this is a perfect opportunity to honour their part in the welfare and upbringing of the child.
Choose your own location
As this is such a special and personal experience it is wonderful to be able to choose the location that will fit perfectly for your family and friends. This can be as simple as holding the baby naming / blessing ceremony at your home or choosing a special garden, place in nature, village hall or in the shelter of a yurt or wigwam – the world is your oyster!
Ideas that may inspire you for the day
- The baby can be anointed
- A tree or flowers can be planted to honour their arrival
- Read poetry, prayers or special readings
- Have live music, singing or chanting
- Light candles or a fire
- Release balloons or Chinese lanterns
- A memory box and/or book
- Connect the child to nature through drumming or having the ceremony at a particular time of a Celtic festival e.g. Beltain, Summer Solstice or Autumn or Spring equinox
- An astrology or Colour chart drawn up for the baby
- Feel free to allow your creativity and imagination to help you plan the special day!
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.