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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
a BAPTISM, a CHRISTENING,
a BABY DEDICATION and a
a NAMING CEREMONY?


Aside from the language used, all of them are warm welcoming ceremonies celebrating your child’s arrival into the family.

All of them are ceremonies at which the new parents, grandparents or others commit themselves to welcoming your child to the greater community of the world.

We’re also happy to offer this service to couples who may not be formally married but who have a child together, or for those who are raising children in a blended living relationship.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



  • CAN WE INVOLVE FAMILY?
    Absolutely!

    Not only do we encourage the involvement of family and friends, but we invite you to edit or choose the ceremony wording that expresses your own thoughts and commitments.
  • WHAT’S SAID AT A NON-RELIGIOUS CEREMONY?
    If you feel comfortable promising to comfort your child when distressed, to laugh with them when happy, to keep them clothed, sheltered and protected, and to try in every way possible to raise them in such a way that they will feel loved and secure, then you'll be comfortable with the civil ceremony, which is without religious language.
  • WHAT ARE THE BENFITS?
    We emphasize that in our service, children are baptized into the Christian faith, not into any particular church or denomination and as such, outside of their parents’ beliefs, they’re not bound to follow any particular teaching.

    However, should your child later make a personal decision to unite with a faith community of their own choice, they can present themselves as a fully Baptized/Christened person.

    Additionally, as proof of the ceremony, we present your child with a stamped, signed and witnessed Certificate suitable for framing, one that is recognized and acknowledged by all denominations.
  • WHERE CAN WE HOLD THE CEREMONY?
    At a location of your choice.

    Many decide on an in-home ceremony and invite their family and friends tto gather and celebrate the birth of their child.

    From time to time, couples have asked me to integrate the Baptism, Christening or Naming ceremony into their Wedding Ceremony, which we’re happy to do.

    Understandably, there is a slight additional charge of $80.00 in addition to the quoted Wedding ceremony honorarium.
  • HOW LONG IS THE CEREMONY?
    Schedule 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the ceremony wording you choose.
  • HOW OLD SHOULD THE CHILD BE?
    Some families have asked me to Baptize or Christen their child at the hospital as soon as possible after birth.

    From experience though, we know mothers usually feel more comfortable
    from the 6-week point onward.
  • HOW ABOUT OLDER CHILDREN? OR ADULTS?
    We'll be happy to perform a Ceremony at any point in your life.

    There's no age limit out there for renewing your faith in yourself, your family, or your Creator.

    There is a difference though in the wording between an older child or adult vs. an infant ceremony.
  • HOW ABOUT SIBLINGS?
    We often perform the ceremony to include brothers or sisters at the same time, which is only an additional $25. per child when performed during the same ceremony.
  • WHAT’S THE COST? AND WHAT’S INCLUDED?
    Upon reserving your date and time with a $100.00 deposit ...

    … we send you a sample ceremony and invite you to personalize it to reflect your own style, values, and personal spirituality …

    … you have our experience seamlessly choreographing elements of your
    own cultural or religious background into the ceremony …

    … we'll speak as often as you like by telephone/email/SKYPE to discuss implementing YOUR vision of the Welcoming of your special gift of life …

    … we provide you with a signed, stamped and witnessed Certificate suitable for framing, plus an additional colour copy for file.

    Total Honourarium including taxes = $300.00
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Celebrate the arrival of your Child in a manner that you and your family will look back on with Pride, Joy and Nostalgia for a Lifetime.