3 February 2009 - A civil birth ceremony conducted by a registrar in which parents publicly accept the responsibilities of parenthood should be a ‘standard experience’. This is one of the recommendations in A Good Childhood, a report to be launched on 5 February 2009 by the Children’s Society that looks at how parents can improve their offspring’s lives.
The report states: “Traditionally in Britain the christening has performed this type of function and, at present, roughly a third of children are christened or have a birth ceremony in another religion. For children who do not get christened or experience another religious ceremony, a well designed civil ceremony would reinforce the sense of commitment of parents and their resolve to do the best for their child, through a suitable vow made in public.”
Civil naming ceremonies have been available for the last few years from most register offices and some private companies. Rachel Fry of My Baby Celebration says: “We are finding that this type of ceremony is becoming increasingly popular with parents who do not want a religious ceremony but still want a formal celebration to welcome their baby. The parents, supporting adults (godparent equivalents) and grandparents make promises of commitment to the child which can usually be customised to create a very personal and meaningful ceremony.”
www.mybabycelebration.co.uk was set up to provide information for parents who want a celebration for their child, whether it be a naming ceremony, a thanksgiving service or a traditional christening. Research carried out by My Baby Celebration suggests that many parents were not aware of the options available to them.
One reason could be that many register offices do not widely publicise their naming ceremonies. The Good Childhood report suggests that registrars should make these ceremonies more accessible by arranging the date with parents when they register their child’s birth.
To find out more about naming ceremonies go to www.mybabycelebration.co.uk. As well as information on the ceremony itself, the website is packed full of ideas and inspiration for all aspects of your celebration including poems and readings, where to hold the reception, decoration ideas, food and drink suggestions, outfits for your child as well as free online planning tools. My Baby Celebration has also teamed up with For Goodness Cake to create an exclusive range of personalised cakes for your celebration.
For more information contact Rachel Fry on 01727 893677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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