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Wednesday, April 29 2015

Christening Reception Decoration and Finishing Touches

Whether you are having your reception at home or in a function room, a few key decorative items can really liven the place up, hide unwanted or unsightly areas and make all the difference to the atmosphere of your celebration.


As simple or as complex as you want them to be, use flowers to continue a style or theme or add a splash of color. Simple structural flowers such as gerberas, sunflowers can look contemporary without being too adult. Pretty English flowers such as freesias, peonies and roses can be used to complement a more traditional style celebration.  

Bunting, Garlands & Banners

Quickly liven up even the most uninspiring room or venue with garlands or banners.  Colorful fabric bunting looks fabulous draped round the garden for a summer party at home - perfect for a shabby chic or vintage look. Paper lanterns dotted around the room or hanging from tree branches are an inexpensive way of adding color and interest. For a fun and economical way of brightening up your party, create your own custom printed personalized banner.

Table Decoration

Simple posies or balloons look great as table centerpieces for a sit down lunch or to brighten up the buffet table. Don’t forget a table plan and place names for a formal seating arrangement.

Favors and Party Bags

"Bomboniere" or almond favors originated in France and Italy centuries ago and were traditionally given to the female guests at weddings and christenings.  The five sugared almonds symbolize health, wealth, fertility, happiness and long life.  These days, favors can be any small gift.
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Monday, April 27 2015

About Water Baptism And The Christian Church

There are countless different religions around the world, but the one that seems to go into almost any nation is Christianity. Whether you are a Christian or not, you have to realize the impact that one man, Jesus Christ, had on the world when he walked the earth for only thirty three years or so. He was not a scholar with even the education of the time to speak of, but the wisdom of his words and parables are repeated many times by even those who do not necessarily believe that he was the son of a mighty God.

Even though Christianity is all based on the belief that Jesus Christ was the son of the God of Abraham, it is extremely diverse in its inner belief system. There are many different denominations of this one religion. The interpretation of the Bible is done in many different ways and there are several differences in which a person can get to heaven according to the assorted denominations.

Catholics believe in sprinkling babies shortly after birth as a form of the water baptism that was started by a prophet named John the Baptist, who was also supposedly the cousin of Jesus. The Christening of a new addition to the family is a big event in Catholic Families and is celebrated largely.

In the other Christian denominations there are differences still. Some sects believe that water baptism is a required element to get into heaven while some others believe that is nothing more than a commandment that Christ wants those who have been Born Again to have done to show the world that they have been saved by their belief in him as the son of God.

Whichever way a particular Christian believes in what the act of baptism signifies, there are more differences still. Since Jesus was baptized in the river, some believe that this is the only place it should be done. Other churches may have a baptism pool inside the church itself. These believe it is not so much where the water is that they are baptized with, but the act of being baptized itself that is essential.

It is amazing how one religion can break down the specifics of this one religion and have so much division in itself as to how specific doctrine should be carried out. In the end for all Christians it is the belief that Jesus Christ was and is the Son of God who will come back to earth to take his followers to heaven one day that will ultimately take them to heaven and according to many Christians that time is near.
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Tuesday, April 21 2015

How to Officiate a Christening Ceremony

By Kristie Lorette, eHow Contributor

A christening ceremony is the formal welcoming of a new baby into the religious community in which the child is being christened. Since a christening ceremony is typically held in a church, it is more of a religious ceremony than its counterpart of the naming ceremony. Officiating a christening ceremony is typically done in accordance with the bible, but may also involve some custom written ceremony sermons from the ceremony officiant.


1  Welcome guests. First, welcome the friends, family and members of the congregation participating in the christening ceremony by being in the audience.

2 State the reason for the occasion. Mention the reason you've all come together is to christen the baby and welcome him or her into the church community.

3 Have the parents come forward. Request the parents step up to the altar, the front of the church or where the christening will take place. Generally, the mother holds the child so that it's lying in her arms with the baby's head toward the officiant.

4 Read a bible verse. Choose and read a bible verse pertaining to being christened.

5 Have parents state their dedication. Ask the parents to agree to their commitment to raising the child with the religion of the church.

6  Obtain commitment from the godparents. In certain religions, such as the Catholic church, the baby's godparents are also asked to commit to helping to raise the child under the faith of the parents. Be sure to have the godparents agree to being involved.

7 Anoint the baby. Using holy water or water that has been blessed anoint the child's head with it. You can do this with your finger or use a small water pitcher and basin to pour the water over the child's head.

8 Welcome the baby into the community. Once the baby has been christened, they are officially part of the church community, so state this and welcome them.
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Thursday, April 16 2015

Christening and Naming Ceremony Invitation Wordings

Christening and naming ceremony invitations can have a wide range of wordings - these days there is no real right or wrong and the wording for christenings/baptism, thanksgiving and naming ceremonies are generally interchangeable. People tend to choose wording that is most appropriate for the atmosphere they are trying to create for the event.

Who does the invitation come from?

The invitation will usually come from the parents of the child, although very occasionally the godparents get a mention, for example if they are helping out with the cost.

Generally, surnames are used only in the most formal of invitations:  

Lisa and Adam Smith
request the pleasure of your company
at the christening of their son

Using nicknames eg Lizzie rather than Elizabeth would be appropriate for a more informal atmosphere or where all the guests would normally use the nickname.

Lisa and Adam
would like to invite you
to join them at the christening of

For a very relaxed feel, leave out the parent's names altogether (although you might want to add them to the RSVP information to avoid any confusion). 

Please join us for the Baptism of our son

You’re invited to the naming of

Some parents want to emphasize a very family focused event by including older siblings on the invitation:

Lisa, Adam, Jolie and Jordan
would like you to join them
to celebrate the naming of

Child's name

The usual format is to have child's name on a separate line to give it impact.  

Lisa and Adam would like you to join them
to celebrate the Christening of

Brandon Michael

Generally the first name and middle name is used, although the surname can be included if it hasn't already been used for the parents.  This can also be useful to clarify the name the child will use if the parents have different surnames

Lisa and Adam would like you to join them
to celebrate the Christening of

Brandon Michael Smith 

Time and place

The standard format would be to give the time, date and the place for the ceremony:

At St Andrew's Church, Bangor
on 5th August at 12.30pm

Sunday 5th August 2008 at 12.30pm
at St Andrew’s Church

To be held at home on August 5th at 12.30pm

Reception afterwards

For a reception in a venue the wording is usually

Reception to follow at
Saratoga Hotel, Randleswood Road, Bangor


Afterwards at Saratoga Hotel, Randleswood Road, Bangor

Where the reception is at home the wording can simply be:

Afterwards at home


And afterwards at their house

This can be followed by the home address or the address can be included in the RSVP information.

To give guests a bit more of an idea of what to expect wordings can be customized, for example:

Followed by a BBQ at our home

Followed by afternoon tea at our home

And to celebrate afterwards at their home

and afterwards at
at 89 Plaza Drive, Bangor
for drinks and lunch to celebrate

For a naming ceremony where the reception is in the same place as the ceremony, the wording can be adapted as follows:

and afterwards
for drinks and a buffet

And to lunch afterwards

And we hope that you’ll stay for some lunch afterwards


Traditionally guests would respond in writing to the home address.

RSVP to 89 Plaza Drive, Bangor, ME 01223

For a more contemporary look or where time is short, an email address or telephone number can be included:

RSVP to 89 Plaza Drive, Bangor, ME 01223

Including a date by which to respond is becoming more common and can help with planning particularly where guest numbers need to be confirmed in advance.

RSVP by 14th July 2008 to
89 Plaza Drive, Bangor, ME 01223

Where the home address has already been used, the following wording is suitable:

RSVP to the above address
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Tuesday, April 14 2015

Letter to a Godchild (To Adam)
by S T Coleridge, July 1834

My Dear Godchild

I offer up the same fervent prayer for you now, as I did kneeling
before the altar, when you were baptized into Christ, and solemnly
received as a living member of His spiritual body, the Church.

Years must pass before you will be able to read with an understanding
heart what I now write; but I trust that the all-gracious God, the Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, who, by his only
begotten Son, (all mercies in one sovereign mercy!) has redeemed
you from the evil ground, and willed you to be born out of darkness,
but into light — out of death, but into life — out of sin, but into
righteousness, even into the Lord our Righteousness; I trust that He
will graciously hear the prayers of your dear parents, and be with you
as the spirit of health and growth in body and mind.

My dear Godchild! — You received from Christ's minister at the
baptismal font, as your Christian name, the name of a most dear
friend of your father's, and who was to me even as a son, the late
Adam Steinmetz, whose fervent aspiration and ever-paramount aim,
even from early youth, was to be a Christian in thought, word, and
deed — in will, mind, and affections.

I too, your Godfather, have known what the enjoyments and
advantages of this life are, and what the more refined pleasures which
learning and intellectual power can bestow; and with all the experience
which more than threescore years can give, I now, on the eve of my
departure, declare to you (and earnestly pray that you may hereafter
live and act on the conviction) that health is a great blessing, —
competence obtained by honorable industry a great blessing, — and
a great blessing it is to have kind, faithful, and loving friends and
relatives; but that the greatest of all blessings, as it is the most
ennobling of all privileges, is to be indeed a Christian. But I have been
likewise, through a large portion of my later life, a sufferer, sorely
afflicted with bodily pains, languors, and bodily infirmities; and, for the
last three or four years, have, with few and brief intervals, been
confined to a sick-room, and at this moment, in great weakness and
heaviness, write from a sick-bed, hopeless of a recovery, yet without
prospect of a speedy recovery; and I, thus on the very brink of the
grave, solemnly bear witness to you that the Almighty Redeemer, most
gracious in His promises to them that truly seek Him, is faithful to
perform what He hath promised, and has preserved, under all my
pains and infirmities, the inward peace that passeth all understanding,
with the supporting assurance of a reconciled God, who will not
withdraw His Spirit from me in the conflict, and in His own time will
deliver me from the Evil One!

O, my dear Godchild! eminently blessed are those who begin early to
seek, fear, and love their God, trusting wholly in the righteousness
and mediation of their Lord, Redeemer, Saviour, and everlasting High
Priest, Jesus Christ!

O, preserve this as a legacy and bequest from your unseen
Godfather and friend.
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Thursday, April 09 2015

Godmother Baptism Gifts

By David McGuffin, eHow Contributor

If you have named a godmother for your soon-to-be-baptized infant, then you may want to consider a specialized gift for such an occasion. Although it is not a requirement to give a gift to the godmother, it may be something, even as a trinket, that becomes memorable and special to your relationship with her years down the road.

Commemorative Cross

  • Select a commemorative cross as a baptism gift for your child's godmother. There are a variety of crosses to choose from, including those that have symbolic meaning and are crafted by artisans from Israel. Other crosses may be included as a statue or ceramic piece that commemorates the date of the baptism with a scene of a shepherd or a baby.


  • You can order a plaque commemorating this special day. Giving your child's godmother a plaque could include a special engraving with the date of the baptism and a picture of your child. Having a nice plaque to hang in the godmother's house can help her to remember her friendship with your family and spiritual obligation as she actively participates in your child's growth and development.


  • Jewelry, such as a special ring or a locket with a picture of your child, can remind the godmother about her special relationship with your family and her role in your child's life. One of the benefits of using jewelry is that the godmother actively remembers her importance in your child's life as she puts on and takes off the jewelry item on a regular basis.


  • Giving a rosary to your child's godmother can be a gift that is used on daily basis if your family is Catholic. According to, a godmother should be chosen based on her spiritual and moral qualities, which include a meaningful and dutiful prayer life. Therefore, using a rosary as a gift can be helpful in reminding the godmothers of her dedication and responsibility towards praying for your family.
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Tuesday, April 07 2015

How To Choose Godparents For A Roman Catholic Baptism

By eHow Contributor

Selecting a godparent (or godparents - you may have either one godparent of either sex, or one male and one female godparent) for your child's Roman Catholic baptism is not a trivial matter. In the Catholic Church, the godparent acts as the child's sponsor, and is responsible for helping you raise your child in the faith, or even taking over the role of raising your child in the faith should you become incapacitated. The Catholic Church has a number of requirements that must be met in choosing a godparent, to ensure that the godparent is capable of fulfilling his or her role. This how-to will guide you through the process of picking a godparent for your child's Roman Catholic baptism.


1 Check whether or not your prospective godparent is a Catholic. According to the Code of Canon Law, the godparent must be a Catholic. A non-Catholic godparent is acceptable only if you have a Catholic godparent as well.

2 Check whether or not the prospective godparent has received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist. According to the Code of Canon Law, the godparent must have received these sacraments of initiation, and must also be a practicing Catholic who lives the life of faith.

3  Check whether or not your prospective godparent is over the age of 16. According to the CCL, only those sixteen years of age or older are eligible as baptismal sponsors.

4 Check whether or not your prospective godparent is the mother or father of your child (this is an easy one to check!). According to the CCL, the mother or father of the child being baptized is not eligible to be a godparent as well.

5 Check whether or not your prospective godparent is willing and able to take a Baptismal Prepraration class. Many parishes require both parents and godparents to take such a class in order to be prepared for and fully understand their role as baptismal sponsors.
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