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Whether you’re religious, spiritual, humanistic or just super creative, christening is an important ritual for many people to welcome their child into their lives. Make the day special and memorable with these christening party ideas!
Are you humanistic, spiritual, religious or just super creative?
Then make a baptism or naming ceremony an unforgettable experience with inspiring thoughts for the guests!
For all proud friends, parents, godparents and co-creators of this special celebration.
To make the ceremony a special experience, you should pick up the guests with their senses. This means that you need stimuli for their eyes and ears that are meaningful and modern and can delight the participants of the baptism celebration.
Caution: If children are participating, you need at least one movement element that allows them to use their hands and feet!
If you are a friend or sponsor, contact the parents first and clarify whether your participation is desired. Experience has shown that there is great interest on the part of the church in participating in the service. A church baptism service lasts about 30-45 minutes. So: set accents according to the motto less is more! 😉
One of my favourite Christening party ideas, is to visually represent the content of a song!
Examples of songs:
Whoever plays a bird takes a coloured cloth in each hand and flies with it. (Evangelical hymnal no. 515 or here)
During the song or afterwards, have the heart shapes distributed to the guests. Hand out lunch bags for safe transport home. (Jöcker, Detlev: 40 schönste Kinderlieder, Menschenkinderverlag, Münster, 1st edition 2012, pp. 45-46 or here)
You can recite a text for the person being baptised in about 5 minutes.
The Playmobil figure remains hidden inside the hand until the whale spits it out again. Order cheap swimming whales on the internet and distribute them as decoration in the church. At the end of the story, each child gets to pick up a whale and take it home. The whales can be bought cheaply on the internet.
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself.
They come through you, but not from you,
And though they are with you, they are not yours.
You may give them your love, but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may give their bodies a house, but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but do not try to make them like you.
For life does not run backwards, nor does it dwell in yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children are sent forth as living arrows.
The archer sees the target on the path of infinity,
and He stretches you with His might that His arrows may fly fast and far.
Let your bow be aimed at joy by the hand of the archer;
For as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves the bow that is steady.
Khalil Gibran, Arab poet, 1883-1931
You choose interesting sayings for the person to be baptised, which are proverbs or words of wisdom.
You can add to or subtract from the programme as you like. When reciting, pay attention to facial expressions and lively language so that the children follow with all their might!
You can find more Christening party ideas here, e.g. how to create a whale-themed baptism and the most beautiful baptism sayings. Our website also has tips for family celebrations and lovely activities with children all year round.
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