Private Christenings, Baptisms, Dedications and Naming Ceremonies conducted in Cape Town: Any Time … Any Place.
- Do you want your child christened?
- You do not belong to a church?
- Are there alternatives?
So finally your long-awaited bundle of joy has arrived and you have entered a new and exciting phase of your lives. Now you want to celebrate their birth with all your family and friends and also celebrate your thankfulness for this incredible life that has been entrusted to you.
Every community in the world has its own way of marking the birth of a baby – but in the west the traditional ceremony, the christening or baptism, doesn’t suit a lot of families any more because many aren’t churchgoers But there are other options in addition to the christening ceremony worth thinking about. Please visit our www.christenings.co.za website for more information.
TYPES OF CEREMONIES
At Christenings, or baptism, we come together to give thanks to God for his gift of new life and to pray for those who set out on their journey of faith. The word “christen” comes from English culture and isn’t properly defined in the modern day. It obviously derives from the word “Christ”, and means “to bring to Christ”. The Traditional Christening can be held in any venue of your choice and the approach is a religious, traditional church approach and uses Water as a symbol of life and cleansing.
For those who don’t feel comfortable with a church or religious setting, a naming ceremony, or “civil christening” is certainly an option. Naming Ceremonies are a lovely way of marking the birth of a baby and they can be tailored to suit the family concerned. Parents can put together their own service including poetry, music and readings, and the venue can be anywhere.
A Naming Ceremony is a unique occasion for everyone to feel involved as they pledge their love and support for your child’s future. It’s also an opportunity to declare before family and friends, your promise to be a good parent and for adult friends or relatives to confirm their special relationship to your child.
A Dedication ceremony is a little different in that the focus is on the parents and other family and friends as they meet the challenge to be dedicated to raising the child in a certain way.
The Dedication can take place anywhere and at any time and can be religious or non-religious in nature.
Babies and children up to age 12 can be part of a christening, dedication or naming ceremony.
Yes. Names are given by parents and registered on the birth certificate. The church has no power to affect this, although the ceremony is used as an opportunity to publicly name the child and present them to their circle of family and friends.
No. It is important to note that these non-denominational ceremonies do not baptise your child into any particular church.
Yes. Each child will receive a christening or naming certificate.
No, because it is up to your child to decide whether or not to follow the Christian faith and no church service has the power to force a child to make a particular choice.