Skip to main content
Christening Essentials

Buy Christening gowns & Outfits Online. Beautiful Christening Gowns Online
Girls Christening Gowns - Heirloom Christening, Baby Baptism
Boys Christening Outfits, Boys Christening Outfit, Knickers, Rompers And Coveralls
 On Sale
Customer Favoriates Girls Christening Gowns
Customer Favoriates Boys Christening Outfits
Customer Favoriates Christening Bibs
Customer Favoriates Christening Shoes
Customer Favoriates Christening Socks
Christening Blankets - Customer Favoriates
Customer Favorites
Twins Christening Sets
Girls Irish Christening Gowns, Irish Christening Gowns
Boys Irish Christening Outfits, Irish Christening Outfits
 Irish Christening Assessories - Irish Christening Shoes, Irish Christening Bibs, Irish Christening Bibles, Irish Christening Blankets
Irish Christening Gowns - Irish Christening Outfits
Infant Boys Celebration Sets, Boys After the Christening Sets, Boys Take Me Home Sets
Infant Girls Celebration Sets, After the Christening Sets, Take Me Home Sets
Celebration Sets,Take Me Home Sets
Jewish Bris
Christening Bonnets & Christening Hats
Christening Shoes, Girls Christening Shoes, Boys Christening Shoes
Christening Socks, Girls Christening Socks,  Boys Christening Socks
Christening Bibles, St Joseph Christening Bibles, King James Christening Bibles
Christening Bibs, Girls Christening Bibs - Boys Christening Bibs
Christening Blankets, Christening Shawls, Boys Christening Blankets, Girls Christening Blankets
Christening Slips, Diaper Cover, Infant Christening Slips, Toddler Christening Slips
Sterling Silver, And Pearl Christening Bracelets
Christening Sweaters, Girls Christening Sweaters, Boys Christening Sweaters
Christening Gift Wrap
Padded Hanger
Christening Accessories
Matching Accessories, Christening Bibs, Christening Blankets
Christening Keepsakes - Christening Gifts
Gift Certificates
Cotton Christening Gowns, Cotton Christening Outfits, Girls Cotton Christening Gowns, Boys Cotton Christening Outfits
Gabardine Christening Outfits, Boys Gabardine Christening Outfits
Kint Christening Gowns, Knit Christening Outfits, Girls Knit Christening Gowns, Boys Knit Christening Outfits
Organza Christening Gowns
Satin Christening Gowns, Satin Christening Outfits, Girls Satin Christening Gowns, Boys Satin Christening Outfits
Silk Christening Gowns, Silk Christening Outfits, Girls Silk Christening Gowns, Boy Silk Christening Outfits
Shop By Fabric Type
Christening Gown Preservation Bags, Gown Perservation Bag
Size Chart
About US
Christening Essentials Contact
Store Policies -Shipping/Returns
Choosing  A Christening Gown
Christening Ceremony  Checklist
Baby Articles
Thought of the Day
What is A Blessing?
What is Christening?
What Are Godparents?
Baby News
Gown Preservation, Christening Gown Preservation, Christening Outfit Preservation
About Our Christening Gown Fabric - Christening Outfits Fabrics
Check It Out! - Important Stuff!
Christening Essentials Links/Apparel
Links/Apparel 2
Christening Essentials Links/Announcements
Christening Essentials Links/Baby Gifts
Christening Essentials Links/Baby & Kids Clothes
Christening Essentials Links/Baby Miscelleanous
Links/Christian Websites
Christening Essentials Links/Directories
Christening Essentials Links/Flowers
Christening Essentials Links/Free Stuff
Christening Essentials Links/Furniture
Christening Essentials Links/General Shopping
Christening Essentials Links/General Shopping 2
Links/General Shopping 3
Links/Shopping General 4
Christening Essentials Links/Gift Baskets
Christening Essentials Links/Gifts- General
Links/Gifts - General 2
Christening Essentials Links/Gifts-Favors
Christening Essentials Links/Health
Christening Essentials Links/Home and Garden
Christening Essentials Links/Invitations
Christening Essenitals Links/Jewelry
Christening Essentials Links/Link Exchange
Christening Essentials Links/Miscellaneous
Links/Micellaneous 2
Links/Micellaneous 3
Christening Essentials Links/Mom Resources
Christening Essentials Links/Toys
Christening Essentials Links/Weddings
Links/Weddings 2
Link Exchange Request
Links To Other Sites
Our Site Awards
ChristeningEssentials Customer Testimonials
Photo Gallery
Christening Essentials - Blog
Account Log In/Wish List

 Christening Blog   
Monday, January 02 2017

Ceremonies – An Overview

Is there anything more wonderful than the arrival of a new baby? A brand new little person, ready to join the world. So it’s fitting that such a joyous occasion is celebrated. The question is, how?

People around the world have traditionally conducted a ceremony of some kind - religious or otherwise - to acknowledge the arrival of a new baby. There are many reasons for doing it, but usually it’s to welcome the baby into the family, church or community. Ceremonies help to formally introduce the baby to the people most likely to have an influence on its life or a part responsibility in its upbringing. It’s also a way for proud parents to invite their family, friends, fellow worshippers and community to meet their baby and share in their joy.

The kind of celebration you choose will depend on your beliefs and family values. Although baby ceremonies were largely held in a religious context in the past, these days there are a myriad of ways to celebrate your baby’s arrival. There is no right or wrong – just what works best for you and your family.

When to do it is another decision. Typically ceremonies take place in the first year of a baby’s life, but you can hold ceremonies for toddlers and older children. This often happens when a younger sibling arrives and parents decide to hold a ceremony for both. For religious reasons, some ceremonies happen within the first few days or weeks. However, you may want to wait until your baby is over six months to give yourself more time to investigate your options, recover from the birth or let your child become more settled.

Regardless of how or when you choose to celebrate, a baby ceremony is a special day that will give you, your family and friends lasting memories of this happy time.


This religious proceeding is the traditional baby ceremony in the UK. As church numbers have declined, so too have the number of christenings. However, they are still the most popular ceremony in the country. In 2005, the Church of England recorded 148,000 christenings and thanksgivings while the Catholic Church had 66,500.

In a christening, parents and elected godparents promise to bring up the child in the Christian faith. Godparents are normally Christian friends of the parents or members of the extended family. The ceremony usually forms part of a the main Sunday service – in the Church of England christenings usually take place during a service as it requires the community to make promises on behalf of the child. However, depending on your local priest, private ceremonies can be arranged.

Many parents wonder whether they need to be regular church-goers to have their child christened. It varies church by church. Some priests expect regular attendance and commitment to the Church, while others take a more relaxed approach.

There has been increasing debate about whether people should be undertaking christenings if they’re not devout Christians. Some regular church-goers find it offensive when non-attendees make religious promises they’re unlikely to keep but others believe that God’s love is available to all, regardless of their background. There’s also been a growing trend and heated debate about people baptizing their children simply to get them into a good church-run school, rather than as a result of any religious convictions.

When deciding whether a christening is right for you, bear in mind that you will be expected to make vows in the ceremony, which like wedding vows, are meant to be upheld.

Thanksgiving Service or Blessing Service

This was initiated by the Church of England in 1999. It suits people who still want a religious ceremony offering thanks to God for the gift of the child or getting their child blessed by the church, but without making a full commitment of baptism into the faith. If you’re not a regular churchgoer and but you still want a religious ceremony, this might be the option for you.

The ceremony usually forms part of a regular service. Thanks for the child is given and the child is blessed. Godparents are not elected but Supporting Adults can be named who will play a similar role. If the parents or child want to opt to hold a full baptism at a later date, they can.

Naming Ceremony

These non-religious ceremonies have grown in popularity over recent years. They suit parents who want a formal celebration with limited or no religious content, similar to civil weddings.

During a naming ceremony parents and elected ‘special or supporting adults’ make promises of commitment to the child. The ceremony is usually officiated by a celebrant but can be performed by a friend or relative. Vows and promises can be personalised and grandparents can also be included in the promise-making. Parents can include non- religious readings or poems if desired.

There is greater flexibility as to where the ceremony can be held, and some can even take place at home. The ceremony script and celebrant services are offered by a number of organizations including:

After the Ceremony

Regardless of whether you have a religious or non-religious ceremony, a baby ceremony usually ends with a social get together either at your home or at another suitable venue. They can be as simple as tea and cake or a full sit down meal. It’s a great opportunity to introduce your baby to family and friends in a more relaxed environment.
christening gowns, christening outfits

Posted by: AT 02:36 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Add to favorites
Site Mailing List 
Essentials For Every Christening

Christening Essentials
1773 E Constitution Dr. Chandler, AZ 85225 (602) 370-3312
Business Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM - MST

Official PayPal Seal

Beautiful christening gowns and outfits online for boys and girls. Buy christening outfits and gowns online. From baby christening sets, preemie christening outfits, heirloom and preemie gowns. preemie sets, take me home outfits, keepsake gifts, shoes, socks, bibs, blankets to baptism gown, baptism dresses all of the finest quality material

home - christening gowns - boys christening outfits - on sale - customer favoriates - twin sets - preemie collection - irish christening gowns - celebration sets/baby dresses - jewish bris - christening accessories - matching accessories - keepsake/gift items - gift certificates - shop by fabric type - preservation bags - size charts - contact us - store policies-shipping/returns - security/privacy - links - link exchange - site awards - customer testimonials - photo gallery - our blog - account log in/wish list - interesting information/articles - about us - site map

Copyright © 2005-2016 All Rights Reserved Christening Essentials