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Christening

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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.

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