Celebration Options

The Contemporary Celebration Option

This option is for the family that is spiritual, but not committed to any particular religious denomination. The heart of the ceremony is the 'village manifesto'.  This manifesto has been created by our team at Celebrating Life and is based on our collective experience as parents. It is composed of values which we believe every parent wants to see instilled in their child's life.

The motivation for the ceremony           

The motivation for this style of ceremony is the celebrate the arrival of a new baby. It is a welcome to the world party!

Our approach for the ceremony

Simple, elegant and fun are common words to describe the approach to this style of celebration. usually close family and friends attend a birthday party bearing gifts, food and such. The celebration is not liturgical rather but it does contain an element of involvement with the reading and signing of the manifesto.

An outline of the ceremony

Welcome

Inspirational Reading

Motivational Moment

Reading of the Manifesto

Signing of the Manifesto

Inspirational Reading

Closing Words of Affirmation

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The Traditional Celebration Option

This option is for the family that holds to the more traditional practices of the Christian faith.

The motivation behind the ceremony           

As a child, Jesus was brought by Joseph and Mary to the House of the Lord. This was an act of dedication and recognition that He really belonged to God. Throughout His ministry, people brought children to Jesus and He placed His hands on each of them, and blessed them.

Christians are to recognize everything we have belongs to God (Psalm 127:3-5). The children that are born into our homes belong to Him as well. This new life celebration is not the salvation of the child, but a public expression and declaration of the fact that they do belong to God, as well as a public declaration by the parents they will seek to do everything in their power, as God gives them wisdom, to see that the child grows up to respect and honor God, and to love and serve Jesus Christ as their Saviour. The ceremony is more than a ritual. It is a commitment of parents to honor the will and Word of God.

One of our greatest delights is the dedication of a child and the parents to fulfill the purposes of God. Most celebrations are done in a home with relatives and friends present. We have a sample of the celebration available for you as well as suggestions as to how family and or friends can be involved in the ceremony.

Our approach for the ceremony      

Our new life celebration is based on the teachings, practices and life of Jesus who spoke often of the faith of children and importance we play as parents in raising each child in the wisdom of God and the Bible. Our ceremonies are fun, simple and very profound for all involved. We meet with you to discuss what the celebration is all about and to help you as parents understand the significance and importance of the ceremony. We incorporate Christian values and practices such as bible readings and prayers as well as an anointing of the child with symbolic oil.

An outline of the ceremony

welcome

explanation of the celebration

Opening Prayer of Blessing

Inspirational or Scripture Reading

Motivational Moment

Charge to Parents

Affirmation of Parents

Charge to godparents

Affirmation of godparents

Charge to Friends and Family

Affirmation of Friends and Family

Anointing of Child

Prayer of Dedication

Presentation of Certificate

Closing Words

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The Blended Celebration Option

This style of ceremony is perfect for the family that would like to combine components from both a traditional and contemporary celebration.    

The motivation for the ceremony

The motivation is the belief that there is importance in both spiritual/divine and family values. Matter of fact when we embrace the values and teachings of the bible we cannot help be see the best values for raising a child are founded on the unchanging truth of God.       

Our approach for the ceremony      

Simple yet meaningful! We combine the best of both the contemporary and the traditional ceremonies together producing the most common choice for parents. This ceremony has a real community feel to it with everyone in your village being involved.

An outline of the ceremony

welcome

Explanation of the Celebration

Opening Prayer of Blessing

Inspirational or Scripture Reading

Motivational Moment

Charge to Parents

Affirmation of Parents

Charge to godparents

Affirmation of godparents

Charge to Friends and Family

Affirmation of Friends and Family

Reading of the Manifesto

Signing of the Manifesto

Anointing of Child

Prayer of Dedication and Blessing

Reading

Presentation of Certificate

Closing Words

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