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Posted in Baptisms & Christenings

Baptismal Gift Ideas

There are wonderful gift ideas for those who have either been invited to a baptism or for those who may be hosting a baby blessing ceremony or christening for their own child. Gifts serve as a great keepsake for the baby as well as for the parents. They provide a great way for the baby to always remember the day when he or she officially became a member of God’s family.

Since the ceremony is truly such a special event you may want to consider buying a gift that is personalized. You can spend hours upon hours searching the internet for potential gifts so below I provide a list of gifts that are truly special and unique.

Children’s Bible – These include bible stories and illustrations suited to appeal to children and to teach children important lessons about faith and morals. They can often be personalized on the front cover to include the child’s name and work as a great keepsake.

Picture Frame – This frame can be engraved and can include a photo of the baby on the day of their dedication in their christening gown or it can include a special baby blessing prayer.

Christening Plates – You can find plates on line that are hand painted and personalized to include your baby’s name and age at the time of their baptism, or their birthday. It can serve as a keepsake or as a decorative piece to your baby’s room.

Jewelry – Another great baptismal gift is jewelry which can include earrings, a ring, a necklace, and can include a rosary. It can be a baby’s first cross necklace to compliment the christening gown, or a personalized bracelet that can include the baby’s name. Some jewelry items can come with a keepsake jewelry box to make it even more special.

Cross Plaque – Some include this to hang on the child’s wall to serve as a reminder of God and they can come in varieties of wood and porcelain. Some will display a prayer with the child’s name as well, but there are many varieties available.

Baptism Candles – These can be personalized as well and are found online. They typically include the baby’s name, date and location of the ceremony and they come in a variety of different colors.

Photo Album – This is a very popular baptismal gift that can be personalized and is a great way to showcase treasured photos from this special occasion.

Porcelain Baby Shoes – These delicate porcelain shoes can be personalized for a boy or a girl and typically include their name, birth date, or date of the christening and the baby’s weight at birth. You can find special hand-painted baby shoes online as well that are a great keepsake.

Embroidered Afghans – These throws are a very popular christening gift idea that can be personalized to commemorate the baby’s special day.

Prayer Teddy Bear – These teddy bears are very special and can be found online. They are unique stuffed animals in which the child can learn the prayer that it recites.

The above list only a handful of many special gifts that will work regardless if it is for a baby’s baptism, christening, baby blessing ceremony or naming ceremony. These gifts are great no matter the ceremony, and are gifts that can be cherished always by the child as the child grows spiritually.

For those in need of an officiant to conduct and to create the perfect ceremony please call us at 713-208-2025 or contact us online. Minister Services can create a service that you and your family will cherish forever and we provide a complimentary phone consultation to discuss your needs and requirements.  Please also continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog for more information.

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Posted in Funerals & Memorials

How to Write a Eulogy

Writing for a loved one who has passed away is probably one of the hardest things you will ever do. Its purpose it to commemorate the life of a loved one who has passed and it is typically presented at a funeral or memorial service by a person who was close to the deceased. They typically last about 5 to 10 minutes and can be a formal speech or simple reminiscences about the life of the deceased. Below we list helpful steps for those that may need help through what can be a very difficult time.

First, take some time to sit and recall your own memories. You may include things such as where you met, things you did together and any special memories you hold involving that person. You can also include any favorite songs, poems, or scripture that the deceased may have liked or that remind you of the deceased.

Gather information from family and friends about the deceased. This includes things such as their age, birthday, marriage, children, education, career, hobbies, and special accomplishments. This may include memories that family and friends have about the deceased as well. It could also include places the deceased has lived, trips the deceased took, and a condensed life history of the deceased. Sometimes individuals will also ask if there are others who would like to share a special memory about the deceased during the service. The funeral services can be very special as well if you can think of a phrase or a typical behavior that can capture the essence of your loved one who has passed.

It also helps to know how the deceased viewed death and funerals. Some individuals view a funeral as a time of mourning only while others view funerals as a time to celebrate the life of the deceased. This can set the tone for the service. If you don’t know this information, don’t worry. If you are responsible for delivery of the eulogy chances are that you were selected for a reason and you should follow your instincts. It is also important and helpful to keep your audience in mind.

Organize, write, and review. It is helpful to organize your thoughts whether they are written on a notepad, note cards, or your computer. Once you have an idea of the flow and organization then you can write your tribute down as you would deliver it. Remember it does not have to be perfect and what matters most is that you write from your heart. Also, the first draft will most certainly not be your last and you can decide what to keep and what you may want to remove. It is also helpful to ask someone you trust for their input and feedback.

Revise, rehearse, and finalize. Once you have made your revisions practice reading the eulogy so that you are familiar and comfortable with it. It is not necessary to memorize it and once you have finalized it, you may want to have a written copy or note cards to have as a reference during your delivery. Remember, it’s perfectly okay to stop and take a breath, shed a tear, and take a moment to yourself during your delivery. While you have been given an important and honorable role, you are also there to grieve for the loss of your loved one.

Please contact us at 713-208-2025 for a complimentary phone consultation and let’s find the right words to create a fitting tribute to your loved one.

Please allow Houston Minister Services to walk you through this difficult time in your life. You may also view other articles in our Minister Services blog for more information.

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Wedding Ideas

Posted in Alternative Custom Weddings

Wedding Ideas that Save You Money

Make your own invitations.
Some brides are using reply postcards instead of the traditional cards and envelopes for their wedding invitations. Postcards save the expense of envelopes, they are cheaper to mail, and can be a fun alternative to the usual.

Have your wedding during the off-season and on a day other than Saturday.
The wedding off-season is typically October through April meaning that some wedding service providers offer discounts when it is slow and they have fewer wedding ceremonies booked. Also, if you hold your wedding on a Friday or Sunday, many caterers, halls, and other wedding service providers will offer a discounted rate. Just be sure to ask and don’t expect them to necessarily offer this information up front!

Skip wedding favors.
One of the most popular wedding ideas these days is that many brides are scrapping the wedding favors altogether. Unless you are getting more expensive wedding favors, then chances are you are spending cents to the dollar per person but a whole lot altogether. Do you even remember what the wedding favor was at the last wedding you attended? Most people don’t! Most brides and grooms feel that providing food, an open bar, along with entertainment, is very generous and guests will appreciate it.

Wedding gown alternatives.
Brides on a tight budget these days are opting to buy a used wedding gown, shop the outlet stores, shop on Craig’s list, eBay, and some are borrowing a wedding dress! Others find a nice bridesmaid dress they like and they order it in a cream or white color. With our current economy you can find a deal on almost anything online as well as great wedding ideas and ceremony options. Brides are getting more creative than ever and no one will ever know unless you tell them!

Borrow your accessories.
Many brides are utilizing their bridesmaids and others in the wedding party, in more creative ways. Between the mother, mother-in-law to be and bridesmaids, there has to be an array of earrings, necklaces, purses, shoes even, that you can find that will look great with your wedding gown. You can even borrow a veil, or tiara from previous brides-to-be. It is a way for them to contribute in a special way to your wedding ceremony and you will definitely have the “something borrowed” piece taken care of!

There are many more wedding ideas that you can find online and your wedding officiant shouldbe able to provide some ideas for you as well as it relates to the actual ceremony. For more information on how Houston Minister Services can help you to create the perfect wedding ceremony please contact us at 281- 208-2025 and please continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog.