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The arrival of a new baby is a very special time in family life, and for generations people have gathered to welcome the baby into the world and into the family.

Traditionally this has been at a Christening ceremony in church where promises are made to encourage Christian values as the child moves through childhood. The minister completes the ceremony by pouring water over the baby’s head as a symbolic welcome to God’s family.

Nowadays things have changed: modern families come in all shapes, sizes and combinations: and there’s many types of ceremony available to them. Some families continue to choose a traditional Christening service. Some opt for a completely non-religious naming ceremony. Some others have no ceremony at all.

However, many folk choose ‘something inbetween’ which acknowledges tradition, but mainly celebrates and welcomes the arrival their child. Rev George Callander, senior OFC Community Minister, offers that ‘something inbetween‘ type ceremony. George will help you create a personal, beautiful and symbolic ceremony which acknowledges tradition but is focussed on your child and your family. Your ceremony may:

be as formal or informal as you would like it to be.

include as much or as little gently religious content as you want.

include some traditional elements of baptism – giving the child’s names, pouring water and blessing.

be a simple Naming and Dedication ceremony if preferred.

be tailored to include more than one child (a brother or sister).

be held at any appropriate venue organised and provided by you.

It does not matter whether or not parents (of whatever gender) are married, partnered or single. Every family is unique and important. With this in mind, we can also create and conduct Welcome ceremonies for special circumstances, including:

 • adults adopting a new name.

 • celebrating a change of gender.

 • celebrating a new beginning – or change of direction.

 • publicly making a religious commitment.

 • welcoming a new companion animal (pet) into the family.


George has conducted ceremonies at many venues from chapels to community centres, pubs to parks, houses to halls. Generally the ceremony can be held at any suitable venue arranged and provided by you: usually the place where you will also host the reception which follows. This arrangement has proved to be more relaxed than a traditional church ceremony and everything happens in the same place.

Please contact George for further information