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Posted in Baptisms & Christenings

When planning this type of ceremony each religious denomination may vary slightly, however the essentials needed during the ceremony are typically very similar. Also known as a baptism, the child typically needs a gown or some sort of outfit for the ceremony, along with shoes and socks. The color of the gown and matching accessories is typically white or a light shade of ivory. Some parents choose to have a symbolic cross embroidered on the undershirt of the child. There is a bib and a blanket that can later be kept as a keepsake and other items such as a satin covered bible that the Officiant can bless along with a satin boutonniere or bracelet. Not all of these items are necessary and are of course up to the discretion of the parents and family.

There are typically four types of services available to families.

Baptism – The baptism is a ceremony or sacrament that admits a person into Christianity.
Christening – This is the actual act of baptizing and giving a name to an infant.
Baby Blessing Ceremony – This type of ceremony is more fitting for more non-traditional religious blessings. It is an opportunity to give thanks for the miracle of life and parents can acknowledge their child’s birth through a less formal gathering.
Naming Ceremony – This ceremony celebrates the birth of a child and the parents publicly name their baby. Parents vow to care and protect their child.

These services at times called on for the child to believe in Jesus and to repent the child’s sins. These days however an increasing number of clergy and parents question how an infant can possibly understand this. Now as an alternative, parents, families, and ministers have more discretion and can perform a variety of traditional to non-traditional ceremonies. It is also a reason why more and more parents wait for their children to become adults when they can consciously decide to accept Christ into their life in a way that is meaningful to them.

Traditionally, godparents are selected for the child. Their role has traditionally been a role in which they are expected to provide guidance to the growing child and its faith. These days, godparents are typically chosen more so because they are close friends to the parents and family members.

After the christening many parents and families will invite attendees and the minister to a reception where punch, tea, and cake are served. Others will host larger more formal meals for those who may have traveled to attend. That is completely up to the parents and the family.

Please contact us for a complimentary phone consultation and let’s discuss your requirements and the type of ceremony you wish to have. Please allow Minister Services to create a service that you and your family will cherish forever. Please also continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog for more information.


Memorial Service

Posted in Funerals & Memorials

Holding a memorial service instead of or in addition to a funeral is becoming more and more common these days. They differ in that funerals typically have the remains of the deceased present whereas a memorial service typically does not. Services are typically held within one week of death however it can be postponed to a later date if required by the family. Additionally, for circumstances that require very large amounts of people, this type of service can be held, and then a smaller funeral for the family may take place at a later date.

A service of this type is typically more informal than a funeral. Those attending will talk with each other and exchange stories and recollections of the deceased. Often complete strangers will introduce themselves as well to share their personal stories of the deceased. Additionally, friends and family members may speak and music may be played as well. There may also be a register to sign where those attending can write a brief comment about the deceased. Sometimes attendees receive a memory card in which they can write a memory about the deceased as well. This type of service is thought of as a celebration of the deceased’s life.

For those who have lost a loved one and who have had to plan the funeral services for the deceased, you know if can potentially be very difficult. Family and friends also want to honor the deceased but may not agree on how it should be done. Grief and stress can make these very important decisions even more challenging. For this reason and others, many people document their wishes for how they would like their own funeral handled in order to make it easier for those family and friends left behind. At one time many thought this a little unconventional; however it is becoming more and more popular. The clearer your wishes are outlined, essentially the easier it is for your loved ones to grief.

The minister you choose to conduct your funeral or memorial service will play a large part in shaping the overall sentiment of the funeral service. We realize the importance of choosing a minister that will compassionately accommodate your needs. Please contact us for a complimentary phone consultation and let’s find the right words to create a fitting tribute to your loved one.

Please call Minister Services today at 713-208-2025; Let us walk you through this difficult time in your life. Please also continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog for more information.