Baby Dedications, Blessings, Baptisms, and Christenings are one of the joys of my ministry! I have had the honor of welcoming the children from not only the couples I have united in marriage, but countless other couples who want a customized celebration in their own homes, and other special venues.
Each ceremony is unique to the couple's values and beliefs, and include many fun and original ideas. For example: My favorite movie growing up was Sleeping Beauty - especially the part when the fairy godmother's bestowed upon the child "virtues".
"Bestowing Virtues" has now become a popular choice with my couples who I guide in creating a ceremony where family members and friends write letter's to the child expressing what they wish for them as they grow into awesome adults!
One idea is to get The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett as a wonderful keepsake for the child, and each letter is inserted into the ceremony for the child to have and treasure as a remembrance of this important time in their lives.
Another favorite reading I do at the end of the service is an excerpt from Dr. Seuss:
Oh, The Places You will Go! By Dr. Suess Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go. You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care. About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there." With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street. And you may not find any you'll want to go down. In that case, of course, you'll head straight out of town. It's opener there in the wide open air. Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don't worry. Don't stew. Just go right along. You'll start happening too. OH! THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!
Let's meet and discuss what ideas we can put together for this joyful time in your lives!