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Power of Prayer

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Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. (James 5.16)


Sometime back a cardiologist at a California hospital conducted an experiment in healing. The study included 393 seriously ill cardiac patients. From this group 192 were selected randomly for special treatment. The special treatment was prayer. Selected people around the country were asked to pray for each of these 192 patients. Their conditions were described in detail. The people praying were to focus their prayers toward “beneficial healing and quick recovery.” The remaining patients were given the usual medical care without prayer.

Ten months later, the results revealed a startling conclusion. The patients who were prayed for experienced markedly fewer incidences of cardiac related infections, pulmonary edema and mortality than did the 201 patients not prayed for. It’s important to note that the patients selected for prayer did not even know they were being prayed for. And the people praying had never met the patients for whom they were asking Divine help. To them they were just names. And yet, their prayers worked!

If prayer can accomplish so much at a distance, what might happen in our lives, our neighborhoods and our church if we were to pray for those close at hand?


Dear God, may I take the time to pray for those in need. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Christening Gowns

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Christening gowns play a major role in the baptism of babies and are worn by both male and female babies. Traditionally, christening gowns are white and are meant to symbolize new life, the purity of an infant and joy. Many times the gown is a family heirloom of sorts that has been passed down by generations of other members of the family who were also baptized in the same gown.

Many individuals view this gown as important as a wedding gown is to a bride, and some believe that the gown should be of the nicest quality that the family can afford to buy. Of course that is subject to the family and is not a requirement for those looking to perform a naming ceremony or a less formal baby blessing ceremony. In fact, many parents choose to baptize their baby boy in knickers instead of a gown. This is of course subject to whatever the parents decide is appropriate for their ceremony.

Catholics actually view christening gowns as one of the three white dresses that is worn throughout the life a female. Of course one of the other three is the wedding dress and the third is the first communion dress. Basically, the gown symbolizes a rite of passage for the child and most families will preserve the gown once it has been worn to save for those generations of babies to come.

Before having a baby christening many mothers or grandmothers will make the gown themselves. Either they will choose a pattern that they like or they will take material from a wedding gown to use. There are numerous materials available that are extremely affordable. Also, if you don’t want to take material from a wedding gown, many people will use the material from the veil instead. This is a great alternative to those who are unsure of cutting into the material on their wedding gown.

While it is a great way to have a keepsake for your baby’s special day, it is not a requirement to have a gown. This article is merely meant to provide some information regarding the purpose of christening gowns.

This is an important day for your family so please make it your own!

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Baby Naming Ceremony

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A baby naming ceremony is a wonderful occasion that is practiced by many faiths and can also be performed as a baptism, a baby dedication, a christening, or a baby blessing ceremony. Regardless of what the ceremony is referred to a baby naming ceremony of types occurs across all religions and cultures and it basically embraces the child’s new life and makes promises to the child in his or her new life.

Some of the common features that occur in these baptismal type ceremonies are discussed below in today’s article.

Commitments and promises are made to the baby by the parents as well as godparents that are chosen by the parents for the child. The adults in the child’s life are asked to attend the baby naming ceremony and they typically include family and friends who are close to the family and have common religious beliefs. These are people who will have some influence over the child’s life and will often be called upon for support or guidance at some point for the child during the child’s life. People should understand that not only the godparents but those adults merely attending the baby naming ceremony are making a commitment to the child’s life and well-being.

Choosing godparents is another common tradition of these types of ceremonies. The role of the godparents is very important because they are responsible for and must promise to ensure that the child is raised according to the chosen faith, they must be able to take care of the child as well in the event that the parents cannot do so.

During the ceremony the child is joyously welcomed into the community and is also introduced to the community. Baby baptism gifts are given and a baptism party often follows the ceremony as well. Parents, family, and friends have the chance to worship and share the news of the child’s birth and introduction into the community.

Of course during a baby naming ceremony the names that have been chosen for the child are announced. The mother and father proudly identify their baby as an individual and the name chosen is explained during the ceremony. In many cultures the name given may be that of a deceased family member to honor their memory, or the name of another family member or friend is given to the child. Basically, the name and the reasoning or meaning behind the chosen name is explained.

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 Houston Minister Services to create a ceremony 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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Godparents

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The Role of Godparents

When a baby is baptized, the parents typically select godparents. The godparents are typically one male and one female and they are usually a practicing member of the faith in which the baby is being baptized into. While most choose two godparents only one is really necessary. The job of the godparents is to take on responsibilities during the actual baby christening ceremony and ensure that the baby will be brought up according to their religious beliefs. 

Additionally the godparents should take a special interest in the child and assist the parents in a supportive way through their child’s upbringing. They are usually close friends or family, have a sincere interest in the baby and have a high moral character that give them the capacity to act as a role model for the child. They also vow to protect the child, support the child , and set an example for the child in their lifestyle according to their religious beliefs.

Godparents came about originally in order to represent babies that cannot make choices or answer questions themselves during their own christening. Now, however, their role is much more. They are spiritual guides and mentors that choose to be there for the child throughout their life. It is not a legal commitment and it does not make you a legal guardian.

The Christian responsibilities include praying for your god child regularly, setting an example by living a good Christian life, helping the child to grown in their faith of God, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, and to encourage the child to follow Christ and to fight against evil. Additionally, some believe it is the role of the godparents to ensure that their god child attends church regularly, even if that means physically taking their god child themselves! This of course is not a requirement.

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 Houston Minister Services to create a baptismal or naming ceremony 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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Baby Baptism

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Baby baptism, or christening, is a special celebration enjoyed by people of all faiths. The meaning varies depending upon the religious beliefs or traditions of the parents. Since infants can not speak for themselves, the parents intercede on behalf of their child and pledge to raise them in the Christian community.

Families that are not associated with a specific religion may gather together for a naming ceremony, which is an informal celebration of new life. The baptismal ceremony offers a welcoming of new life into their spiritual world, with a gathering of family and friends.

How to plan a baby baptism

Decide upon  the baptism  location and number of guests. Do you want a formal religious ceremony? Depending upon your needs, a church ceremony may require reservations several weeks out. (you might even consider making arrangements in the last month before birth) If you are not currently affiliated with a specific church, who will say the baby blessing?

You should meet with the priest or minister selected to preside  over the service ahead of time. Discuss the readings and any personal rituals you wish to have included.

Select your child’s Godparents. Usually one male and one female are chosen to accept the responsibility of being part of your child’s life to provide support and guidance. Often Godparents are family members, but it is not required. Often, they stand with the parents and participate during the ceremony.

Anything goes for the celebratory party afterwards. Large and lavish, or small and intimate. The choice is yours.

Not sure where to start?
We will help you to create a service that you and your family will cherish forever. We welcome your creativity in making this ceremony the memorable experience that it should be. If you are in need of an officiant to conduct your baby blessing ceremony, christening, or naming ceremony, please contact us at Houston Minister Services .

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Baptism Favors

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Baptism Favors Ideas

There are so many things to think about as you plan your baby’s baptism or baby blessing ceremony. Many parents will throw a baptism party for their baby after the ceremony and with that comes the need for baptism favors. In today’s article we discuss potential ideas for party favors for this type of event.

Doves – a very popular theme that many parents opt to go with is doves. Doves symbolize purity and peace. You can find dove shaped candy wrappers, soaps, and dove shaped candles that can be given to guests as gifts for attending the baby christening.

Angels – angels are very popular among parents as well since they symbolize goodness, divinity and light. They hold religious significance and are often portrayed as babies with halos and wings. Many will buy angel themed candles, personalized candy wrappers, as well as include angels on the invitation to the baby christening or naming ceremony.

Bible – Perhaps the most obvious of the baptism favors is the bible. Most bible themed favors are drawn as a brown, white, or black book with a holy cross on it.

Cross – the holy cross is another common theme for a baptismal and there are many interpretations of the meaning of the cross. Some items could be cross-shaped soaps, chocolate bars with a cross on customized wrappers, and candles engraved with the cross symbol.

Bookmarks – bookmarks are another popular favor and they can be given in a variety of ways. There are bookmarks that include bible verses as well as inspirational wording. There are bookmarks with crosses, angels, and doves displayed on them. You can also customize bookmarks to include your baby’s photo on it along with a favorite bible verse.

Photo Magnets – photo magnets are also another popular favor because they can display forever on guests refrigerators, and they can also be used as a save-the-date for the occasion. These magnets don’t have to include a photo, but typically include information such as the baby’s name and the time, date and the location of the baptism.

Photo key rings – photo key rings are also popular because they too serve as a constant reminder of the special day.

Baptism and christening ceremonies are important events that celebrate the beginning of a child’s spiritual life. Many parents opt to provide baptism favors as a courtesy and as thanks to the guests who attend.

If you are in need of an officiant to conduct your baby blessing ceremony, christening, or naming ceremony, please contact us at Houston Minister Services or you can continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog.

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Baptism Party

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Baptism Party Ideas

Most baptisms are followed by a baptism party to celebrate the joyous occasion. Most parents of the newly baptized baby will invite family and friends who attended the baby christening to a location following the ceremony for refreshments and food. The type of party of course depends on the number of people attending as well as the time of day the party occurs. In today’s article we discuss various party ideas for a baby blessing or naming ceremony.

Venue – The venue is usually in a location that is close to the church or to the location of where the baby christening took place. Some people choose to host the party at their home, at a neighborhood park, or in another public place. Keep in mind the time of day as well as the potential weather conditions for those parties that may occur outside.

Food and Refreshments – The type of food and refreshments will also depend on the time of day that the party will take place. Some may choose to have afternoon tea for those that occur in the early afternoon, as well as some finger foods and cake. Some people prefer to host a back yard BBQ or a buffet of some sort. For a christening that takes place in spring or summer, back yard BBQ’s are very popular and some choose to make a day of it by adding back yard games such as volleyball, football, and more. Just don’t forget to include a drink for toasting such as champagne or sparkling cider, as well as desert for your baptism party.

Entertainment – Many people will set up a TV room for children to watch videos and play games in while the adults interact. Again, if you are planning back yard BBQ the entertainment ideas are really endless. Many people will come up with a few games for guests to play.

Decorative Ideas – Some people will make photo baptism centerpieces. Many will buy teddy bears to include on a table with the teddy bears holding a small framed photo of the baby. Others may use angels instead of teddy bears. Pictures of the baby in general anywhere they can be seen are a great way to decorate.

There are other items to think about such as keepsake ideas, baptismal gifts, and baptism favors. Planning a baptism party can be a lot of work, so just be sure that you remember to have fun and to enjoy the occasion.

If you are in need of an officiant to conduct your baby blessing ceremony, christening, or naming ceremony, please contact us at Houston Minister Services or you can continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog.

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Baby Ceremony

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Baby Ceremony Ideas

There are different types of baby ceremonies that many families are now looking into conducting when they add a new addition to their family. Some of the more traditional baptism and christening ceremonies have been replaced or changed into a different type of ceremony that may be more fitting for the family. These changes may be religious, cultural, or dictated by personality and/or a blending of all of these factors. In today’s article we will discuss different baby ceremony ideas that parents have started to look into, but we first discuss the traditional definition of a baptismal and or christening.

Baptism – the baptism is a ceremony or a sacrament that admits a person into Christianity.

Christening – a christening is the actual act of baptizing and giving a name to an infant.

Baby Naming Ceremony – the baby naming ceremony is a ceremony in which the parents promise to support their child and to protect their child and where they publicly name their child. It is a celebration of the birth of the child and family, godparents and special friends will also make promises to care for the baby as well. An officiant typically leads the ceremony and the baby is identified as a unique individual. Sometimes if the name has significant meaning, this meaning is explained as part of the ceremony.

Baby Dedication – the baby dedication is a ceremony that can accommodate most views. The parents, god parents, and other special guests will commit to surrendering the child to god and to raising the child according to God’s ways. The baby dedication serves as a baby ceremony that commits the parents until the child is able to make the commitment on his or her own accord. There are alternative views when it comes to baptizing babies. Some feel that a baby cannot make that kind of commitment, but there are parents who feel better knowing that their child is baptized. The baby dedication has evolved as a way to accommodate various religious and personal views, even though there are mixed emotions regarding the issue.

Baby Blessing Ceremony – the baby blessing ceremony is perhaps another way to describe a baby dedication ceremony. It is more customized to accommodate non-traditional religious views. It serves as another way for parents to acknowledge their child’s birth through a less formal gathering. Families can conduct this type of baby ceremony in order to accommodate their own personal beliefs.

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Baby Dedication

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Bringing a new life into the world is a forever life changing experience and one that has no comparison. Many families choose to conduct a baby dedication or baptism as a way to make a commitment before friends, family, and God to raise their child according to God’s word. There are various ceremonies that can be conducted including a baby christening, a naming ceremony and a baby blessing ceremony. Whatever the type of ceremony, it is one that will forever be cherished and marks a special time in a child’s life.

A baby dedication is a ceremony where parents and other family members commit to submit a child to God’s will and to raise the child according to God’s ways. This type of ceremony is viewed differently than a baptismal or christening ceremony. This dedication is a commitment made by the parents until the child can make the decision on his or her own accord. A baptism is seen as the practice that washes away original sin, and makes the baby a part of God’s family. Baptisms are offered by many religions as a way to relieve the fears of parents. Some parents feel better knowing that their child is baptized although there are mixed feelings and emotions surrounding this issue. A baby dedication has become a way to conduct religious ceremonies in a way that accommodates most views.

Some of the responsibilities involved with this type of ceremony include training and teaching the child God’s word in a way that demonstrates examples of godliness. It also involves the disciplining of a child according to God’s way as well as praying for the child. The ceremony is typically quite simple and the minister asks the parents about their intent and then follows with a prayer. The parents can also write their own personal vows, or the minister can ask the parents to repeat specific vows.

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Baby Blessing

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Baby Blessing Ceremony

More and more parents are opting to perform a baby blessing ceremony or naming ceremony in place of the more traditional baptism or baby christening ceremonies. More and more couples are of different religious backgrounds and are blending families, and less have ties to a particular church. As a result, many families opt to tailor their religious ceremonies to reflect their own personal beliefs.

These new types of baptismal ceremonies are becoming more and more popular as more families choose to create ceremonies that make sense to them spiritually and on a more personal level. There is also a rise in interfaith ministers who help to perform such ceremonies whether it is for baptism purposes, or for wedding ceremonies, and also funeral services. Many feel that this is due to the rise of secularism as more Americans consider themselves unaffiliated with religious traditions however they still keep faith in their personal religious beliefs and practices. While some feel that Americans are abandoning traditions of faith entirely, others feel that more and more families are instead blending traditions of faith instead as demonstrated in the baby blessing ceremony and other religious ceremonies.

Below are some ideas that many parents have incorporated into their own ceremonies for the blessing of their child.

  • Plant a tree to represent the spiritual and physical growth of your child
  • Have a guest book for all guests to sign and to leave a personal message for your child to read when he or she is older.
  • Ask special friends and/or relatives to write a special letter to the child to be opened on a special occasion such as their wedding day, graduation, important birthday milestone, etc.
  • Parents will sometimes baptize the child themselves with the help and guidance of the officiant conducting the baby blessing ceremony.
  • Light a candle to symbolize the light that will direct your child throughout his or her life’s journey
  • Parents will sometimes ask for guests to bring a gift for the baby, such as a lesson, poem, song, or prayer. Guests can be told to be as creative as they would like with their gift.
  • Parents will give their child a gift such as a pendent, bracelet or other type of jewelry.
  • The parents and siblings are blessed in addition to the baby and they confirm their responsibilities to the child.

The great thing about this type of ceremony is that parents, relatives and siblings can get as creative as they would like in creating a ceremony that is meaningful to them. Please contact us for a complimentary phone consultation and let’s discuss your requirements and the type of ceremony you wish to have.

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