Baby Naming Ceremonies in Scotland

 
 
Andrew Hunter

A growing number of parents want to celebrate the birth of their child but have decided against a particularly religious ceremony into a particular faith eg a christening. But there are many alternatives and I would be happy to work with you to create just exactly the kind and nature of ceremony that you would like.
 
You may choose from a baby blessing or a simple "naming ceremony".
 
Styles and content vary depending on your beliefs and wishes; for example honouring religion, spirituality, or something more secular and humanist.

 

 

 
Blessings
 
As an interfaith minister I offer blessing ceremonies to welcome the new born into this world, to its family, and the wider community. Some such ceremonies are, according to the wishes of the parents, reflective of their religious beliefs, their approaches to spirituality but they do not “baptise” the child into a specific religion.
 
I ask you to complete a short questionnaire on which you give me your ideas for the ceremony and who else may be involved eg you may invite a friend or relative to sing a song or give a reading.
 
Once I have collected your information, I would issue you with a draft rundown of a ceremony for your approval. Most ceremonies will last from between 20 minutes to 40 minutes depending on content.
 
The ceremonies can take place at a venue of your own choosing.
 
You will be given a record of the ceremony as a token of the day.
 

Naming ceremony
 
A naming ceremony is a secular (non-religious) ceremony,  similar to a blessing except that there is no blessing in the name of a higher power. It's entirely up to you as to how you would like the ceremony to be organised and again I seek your ideas in advance. Rather than professing any faith, you, as parents, state your love and commitment to your child and declare hopes for their future. Again you can choose to have poetry readings or a favourite piece of prose, with music playing in the background.

Rather than godparents, whose traditional role is to help guide the child in a Christian life, "supporting adults" or "mentors" or “guardians” (who may be friends or family) just need to say that they will be there for your child as he or she grows up and throughout their life in whatever way is needed.

 
I ask you to complete a short questionnaire on which you give me your ideas for the ceremony and who else may be involved eg you may invite a friend or relative to sing a song or give a reading.
 
Once I have collected your information, I would issue you with a draft rundown of a ceremony for your approval. Most ceremonies will last from between 20 minutes to 40 minutes depending on content.
 
The ceremonies can take place at a venue of your own choosing.

You will be given a record of the ceremony as a token of the day.

 

Such ceremonies need not be just for new born babies; stepchildren or adopted children may also be welcomed, blessed and celebrated by their new family as may an older child be blessed.
 
I would feel privileged to help design and deliver a ceremony according to your wishes and any belief or faith traditions you may have, or none.
 
Fees
 
A simple baby naming or blessing ceremony is £125, if held within the Edinburgh area:  additional costs for travel and time become available outside that home area.
 
 

 

Please do contact me to enquire about my availability or ask for more information.