"Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me.
Be still, they say. Watch and listen.
You are the result of the love of thousands.”
- Linda Hogan
The safe arrival earth-side of a precious new human is one of life's greatest gifts. Creating a bespoke ceremony that reflects your beliefs and values whilst affirming your wishes and prayers for your new child is a beautiful way to pause and honour the significant change that a new child brings to a family. An Interfaith Baby Blessing invites you and your family to reflect and affirm what's important to you whilst honouring & welcoming the newest addition to your family.
I believe baby/child blessings are an important ritual, not only to witness and welcome the new life, but also honour the journey of the parents and the changing dynamics within the wider family constellation.
It's also an opportunity for the parents, grandparents and supporting family/community to set an intention and voice their beliefs, values, prayers & wishes for this precious new life.
Some families opt for a Naming Ceremony to welcome their new child & introduce them to the world. Similarly the intention is to witness and welcome the new life - to call them by their name - and affirm the love they have been born into.
This may be accompanied by a ritual planting of a tree or plant which the family - and child - can tend to as they grow.
With the adoption of a child, a ceremony to mark the occasion can support a family with embracing the change and all it brings. It also creates an opportunity for the past of the new family member to be honoured, witnessed and welcomed.
As with all baby/child welcoming ceremonies, it's a wonderful opportunity to involve older siblings to honour the change in their world also.
"Rev. Amy Firth created a beautiful naming ceremony for our first daughter. We really valued the way she took the time to get to know us and our family values to write a ceremony perfectly tailored to us. We also loved the delivery. She spoke passionately and honestly with gravitas; engaging even the very little ones. The ceremony was received well by all our guests who come from a variety of backgrounds and who have differing beliefs."
Lucy & Toby - London, 2017