A welcoming ceremony is a very special way of celebrating the birth of your child or welcoming a new arrival into your family and wider community. These ceremonies are an opportunity to declare your promise to be as good a parent as you can and for friends or relatives to confirm their special relationship with your child.
A welcoming ceremony is, in every sense, a unique occasion for everyone to feel involved as they offer their love and support for your child's future development.
It is not a legal ceremony and does not contain any religious references. It is for parents who do not wish to have the traditional religious baptism or christening at a church but would still like to have a special ceremony and event to celebrate the birth of a child or welcome a new arrival into their family. The meaning of the ceremony is what you as a parent wish to bring to it.
Ceremonies are not only to celebrate the birth of a baby but can also take place when couples have re-married or entered into a new relationship and wish to welcome their children from a previous relationship into the new family. For example, a welcoming ceremony can follow a marriage or a renewal of vows ceremony.
Welcoming ceremonies can also be used by couples who adopt a baby or child. It provides a wonderful opportunity to welcome the child into the new family and for the family to give their commitment to the child’s well-being.
Ceremonies can be held for more than one child within the same family, so older brothers and sisters can take part just as much as younger ones.
All welcoming ceremonies have seven essential parts:
Parents can also choose to add any of the following:
There are many ways in which you can make your child’s ceremony a very personal and unique event.
For more information on booking and planning a Kentish Ceremony, read our online magazine - A Kentish Ceremony.