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Christening or Baptism

It is common for this ceremony to be an occasion for family members to gather. In some families, it is also traditional for the baby or older child to be dressed in white clothing similar to a christening gown.
Baby Christening Child Baptism Baby Blessing on Outer Banks Beaches NC
People often ask about the difference between a Christening and a Baptism. Traditionally the Baptism signified a spiritual rebirth while a Christening is a Baptism that could also include a naming of the child and/or a dedication of the child to the service of God and the Christian faith. In modern times, however, the terms have become synonymous and the ceremonies performed are generally the same. Elements of both types of ceremonies have blended into what we now think of as a Christening or a Baptism. I generally refer to a Christening Ceremony for those 5 and under and a Baptism for those older. However, both are a sprinkling of ocean water on the head.

Outer Banks Baby Blessing on the Beach

 

Baby Blessing Ceremony

Much like the Christening Ceremony, this is also an occasion for family and friends to gather to honor the child and has become increasingly popular over the last decade. White clothing is usually worn by the child. Other siblings can also be incorporated and recognized in this ceremony.

Baby Blessings are very popular for those who prefer a more secular approach with their child.
This ceremony can help fill the need for ritual since often if you’re not religious, or don’t belong to a specific religious community, you still desire some type of acknowledgement.

It will include passages for the Parents, Godparents and Grandparents (if present). I am happy to incorporate any interfaith/spiritual customs that you would like. The ceremony is held on the beach or if preferred, in an inside location.

 

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