Founder of the Metamorphosis Inter-Faith Church
Welcoming a baby into your home is truly one of the most cherished times in a parents' life. Call it a "Welcoming", "Blessing", "Naming", or "Birth Celebration". How you celebrate is up to you.
Baby Blessing Ceremonies
Working closely with the parents and family, I will design a loving ceremony that you will remember always. Your baby's ceremony can be as large or small as you like and may include all significant family members [ parents, grandparents, siblings and friends [godparents, guideparents].
Enjoy the Planning.....
Talk about your dreams for this child and explain why you chose your baby's name. Connect and express your love and respect for your partner and co-partner. If there are other children, explain your pride in your family and how wonderful your children are. From this we will make an amazing ceremony where we'll celebrate your joy in this precious baby and your community will promise to help you as you raise your family.
Feel Comfortable and Calm.....
This is not a formal wedding, this is a celebration of childern. When everyone is gathered, we'll say the words we have prepared that welcome and dedicate your lives and the life of this new baby. When childern are involved, there are always surprises--and that's as it should be!
Revel in This Special Event.....
This is the first time in this child's life that you come to his community and ask for love and support. It will not be the last, but it will set the tone for all the times to come. I will ask your community members for their pledges of love and support. Together we will dedicate your baby to a life well lived. Together we will make a covenant to protect him/her and all babies, against the problems in this world and we will promise to enjoy the journey that is the life of this child.
Remember Your Promises for Years to Come.....
Create a blessing for the baby and his/her name will echo in your mind and hear forever. For years to come you will hear my voice leading you and your community through the covenant you're creating with one another around this child. These words will be a guide as you move through the world as a family.
As part of the ceremony, we ask your guests to include their blessings for your child. Each guest will receive a decorative Blessing Note on which to write their wishes. These are collected and given to you to share with your child at a pre-selected time in the future.
What is Icluded with Your Ceremony.....
One in-person meeting at Metamorphosis Healing office and additional telephone or email consultations to finalize preparaton for the ceremony. You will receive decorative Blessing Notes for each of your guest, a printed copy of the text of the ceremony, and a decorative certificate commemorating date of this special occasion.
There is a mileage fee for travel over 10 miles from our home office.
A baby is the purest energy of Love. It is Perfect and posses the creative gift of Life. Rev. E
Friends, We meet here to take part together in a joyful ceremony. We do so for a number of reasons. Firstly, Dad______ and Mom______ wish to express their joy to you on the birth of [CHILD]. They want to welcome him/her into their family unit, to the wider family of their relatives, and to the community of their friends and the world.
They wish you all to share this joy. It is certain that the more love this child receives the more he/she will benefit in his/her life and the more love in turn he/she will be able to give to others.
The more people to whom this child relates the more balanced and rich his growth will be.
So your presence at this celebration today is appreciated, as will be your interest and involvement in the years ahead.
Standard Ceremony continued
The first quotation I would like to read involves us all. As a community of friends and family we all share a responsibility to provide the atmosphere in which young [Child] will develop as a person. The reading is called:
A Child Learns What He Lives
If a child lives with criticism
he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility
he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule
he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame
he learns to feel guilt.
If a child lives with tolerance
he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement
he learns confidence.
If a child lives with fairness
he learns justice.
If a child lives with security
he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval
he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship
he learns to find love in the world.
Grandparents [optional-edit as required]
It is not always possible for grandparents to involve themselves in the development of their grandchildren - but when they do it is a great bonus and blessing. The important role played by grandparents is the passing on of cultural values to children.
They assist children to find their identity and their inner security - and to integrate themselves into society. The special relationship of trust and mutual enjoyment which develops between child and grandparent is something very special. Through this relationship children learn their lineage, their history - and many values and skills.
This cultural inheritance lays the foundation for the young person to construct their personality during childhood and adolescence and adds great meaning to their existence.
For this reason [Dad] and [Mom] wish to recognize and express their gratification that [Grandfather 1] and [Grandmother1], as well as [grandfather2] and [Grandmother2] are here today.
Godparents [If parents elect to have godparents]
The next special and unique step in this ceremony involves the godparents. In this age of the nuclear family when many of us live isolated from our family and friends godparents have perhaps a more important role today than they have had in the past.
They undertake a special and lifelong interest in the welfare of their godchild and to assume a more than ordinary responsibility in the event of the death or default of the parents.
So I now ask the godparents are you,[NAME] and [NAME], willing to accept this serious charge?
Godparents respond: We are.
[CHILD] you are named with the anointment of water as a symbol for the natural flow of life which is in you and in the world about you. We welcome you to the community of life on earth and dedicate you to everything which is beautiful and truthful and good.
[Minister] I will now ask everyone to repeat after me:
We all agree to call you [CHILD]
We therefore name you [CHILD]
We wish you long life and happiness in a loving and peacdful world.
May you bring joy to your parents, your grandparents, your godparents and
to each of us your family and friends.
This ceremony will in no way inhibit [CHILD] from seeking the truth during his/her life and any future religious or non- religious commitments of belief. In fact, it is our duty to present him/her in the coming years with a broad and a balanced view of life and encourage him/her in the virture's we all agree as good - integrity,honest, concern, fairness and love toward his/her fellow human beings.
[CHILD] 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 path you cross.
On behalf of all who shall know [him/her], with the hope that [he/she] finds among us all the nourishment [he/she] needs, I now welcome [state full name of child] to our community.
Presentation of the Naming Certificate
[Mon] and [Dad] would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation for your presence here today in welcoming [child] into the family and community. Please enjoy the rest of the day [or give speific directions to your guest following the ceremony.
What is Included with Your Standard Ceremony.....
One in-Person meeting at Metamorphosis Healing office and additional telephone or email consultations to finalize preparations for the ceremony. You will receive a printed copy of the text of the ceremony, and a decorative certificate commemorating the date of this special occasion.
There is a mileage fee for travel over 10 miles from our home office.