Personal non-religious ceremonies
to recognise & celebrate life’s milestones:
Weddings, Namings, Vow Renewals,
Civil Partn...
A Humanist Ceremony
Non-religious - follows no fixed rituals
Based on what we all have in common - our humanity and human ...
Introduction
Your Child’s Story
Family Story
Parental Commitments
Appointment of Supporting Adults
Family and Friends - Gr...
Personalising your ceremony
Music or slideshow
Poems & Readings
Naming Book or Wish Tree
Lighting of candle
Signing Certif...
Poems & Readings
Use different choices to:
Provide interest & include guests
Set the scene - the place or occasion
Change ...
If children live with criticism
they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility
they learn to fight.
If children li...
Brothers
Life gave me a brother
to teach me about life
he loves and aggravates me
and gives me strength and strife.
Thank ...
Urgent Note To My Parents
Don‟t ask me to do what I can‟t do
Only ask me to do what I can
Don‟t ask me to be what I can‟t ...
A Celtic Well Wishing
Peace of the running water to you,
Peace of the flowing air to you,
Peace of the quiet earth to you,...
The Story of Zachary’s
Naming Ceremony
An Outdoor Ceremony
at Zachary’s family home with family & friends
Zachary’s Naming Ceremony
Angela and Ben have chosen a humanist ceremony because this best
represents how they think and f...
A very proud Mum & Dad!
Zachary’s Supporting Adults
„What is the significance of the actual naming?
A name, once given, will be associated forever
with a face, a voice, a wal...
‘Just to say a huge thank you for the wonderful ceremony
you did for Zach’s Naming. It was lovely to hear how
much people ...
And finally..
Working with families and couples
at significant times in their lives..
is my privilege!
Inspirational Naming Ceremonies
Inspirational Naming Ceremonies
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Ideas for a Humanist Naming Ceremony by Debra Jessett of Inspirational Ceremonies

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Inspirational Naming Ceremonies

  1. 1. Personal non-religious ceremonies to recognise & celebrate life’s milestones: Weddings, Namings, Vow Renewals, Civil Partnerships & Funerals. I work with couples & families to design their own unique ceremony to match THE TIME, THE PLACE & THE PEOPLE
  2. 2. A Humanist Ceremony Non-religious - follows no fixed rituals Based on what we all have in common - our humanity and human values Respects others’ beliefs Personal Time is spent with family or couple so ceremony reflects the occasion and the people involved Unique There is no set format so ceremonies can include what people want Individual An inside or outside venue of people’s choice Meaningful Reflects people’s values
  3. 3. Introduction Your Child’s Story Family Story Parental Commitments Appointment of Supporting Adults Family and Friends - Grandparents The Naming & Joint Commitment Closing Remarks A Naming Ceremony
  4. 4. Personalising your ceremony Music or slideshow Poems & Readings Naming Book or Wish Tree Lighting of candle Signing Certificate or Picture Planting tree or balloon release Fingerprint Tree Presentation of Naming Gifts
  5. 5. Poems & Readings Use different choices to: Provide interest & include guests Set the scene - the place or occasion Change the pace of the ceremony Create different moods Introduce humour Bring ceremony to a close What can’t be included: Hymns, prayers and readings with religious content or connotations
  6. 6. If children live with criticism they learn to condemn. If children live with hostility they learn to fight. If children live with ridicule they learn to be shy. If children live with shame they learn to feel guilty. If children live with tolerance they learn to be patient. If children live with encouragement they learn confidence. If children live with praise they learn to appreciate. If children live with fairness they learn justice. If children live with security they learn to have faith. If children live with approval they learn to like themselves. If children live with acceptance and friendship they learn to find love in the world. By Dorothy Nolte
  7. 7. Brothers Life gave me a brother to teach me about life he loves and aggravates me and gives me strength and strife. Thank goodness for little brothers they are special as can be don't mess with my little brother, or you'll have to deal with me!
  8. 8. Urgent Note To My Parents Don‟t ask me to do what I can‟t do Only ask me to do what I can Don‟t ask me to be what I can‟t be Only ask me to be what I am Don‟t one minute say “Be a big girl” And the next “You‟re too little for that” PLEASE don‟t ask me to be where I can‟t be PLEASE be happy with right where I‟m at
  9. 9. A Celtic Well Wishing Peace of the running water to you, Peace of the flowing air to you, Peace of the quiet earth to you, Peace of the shining stars to you, and the love and the care from us all to you.
  10. 10. The Story of Zachary’s Naming Ceremony
  11. 11. An Outdoor Ceremony at Zachary’s family home with family & friends
  12. 12. Zachary’s Naming Ceremony Angela and Ben have chosen a humanist ceremony because this best represents how they think and feel. They also believe that Zachary should be free to make his own choices about what he believes when he is older. Today, there are three main reasons why we are here: to formally welcome Zachary into the world, to make public declarations of responsibility and to express his individuality and uniqueness in his naming.
  13. 13. A very proud Mum & Dad!
  14. 14. Zachary’s Supporting Adults
  15. 15. „What is the significance of the actual naming? A name, once given, will be associated forever with a face, a voice, a walk, a laugh and all the other individual characteristics family and friends will come to recognise. This child‟s name will be spoken, whispered, shouted, cried, sung and written thousands of times by family, friends, neighbours, teachers, colleagues, lovers, strangers and maybe by children and grandchildren. It will define their identity.‟
  16. 16. ‘Just to say a huge thank you for the wonderful ceremony you did for Zach’s Naming. It was lovely to hear how much people both enjoyed and related to what was said, as well as how privileged they felt to be part of it. Thank you Ang and Ben’
  17. 17. And finally.. Working with families and couples at significant times in their lives.. is my privilege!
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