How to host a baby christening at home

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How to host a baby christening at home
A christening is a religious event that can be hosted at church or at home. (girl with new born baby image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from Fotolia.com)

Your child is taking the first step in a lifelong journey of faith. A christening or baptism ceremony, a water-based ritual in which there is a symbolic welcome into the church, takes place at the hands of clergy before loved ones. Traditionally, christenings were held in churches as part of the Sunday mass. In today's less formal society, families are christening in homes or holding naming ceremonies or baby welcome parties. Show your strong faith in God and the love of your child by planning a special christening day in the comfort of your home.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Member of the clergy
  • Water
  • Altar area
  • Seating
  • Food
  • Cake
  • Invitations
  • Favours

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Check with your priest or clergy to make sure he or she is available to perform the christening at your home on the date you prefer.

    How to host a baby christening at home
    Choose a day that is not busy for the priest. (holy bible image by Andrejs Pidjass from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Check with the godparents, if you have chosen them, to see if they are available to attend. If they are not available, find proxies or stand-ins for the ceremony.

  3. 3

    Invite friends and family to the ceremony by sending formal invitations through the mail.

  4. 4

    Set up an area suitable for the ceremony that includes a source of water, either a font of holy water that can be poured or a pool for submersion, as well as an altar or stage with a table for necessary books, cloths and candles that the clergy will bring.

    How to host a baby christening at home
    Set up an area in your home that resembles the altar in the church. (altar bible image by palms from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Arrange seating for spectators to watch.

    How to host a baby christening at home
    Borrow chairs from the church or a local school so guests can sit comfortably. (wihte chairs image by Heng kong Chen from Fotolia.com)
  6. 6

    Bring the baby from a private room, dressed in his or her special christening dress, to the ceremony once guests are seated.

  7. 7

    Follow the ceremony with celebratory food. Serve light hors d'oeurves, lunch or dinner and follow with dessert that includes a baptismal cake. Request a blessing of the meal by the clergy.

    How to host a baby christening at home
    Follow dinner with a special cake. (Fraisier image by YvesBonnet from Fotolia.com)
  8. 8

    Open gifts on behalf of the newly christened baby before your guests leave.

    How to host a baby christening at home
    Guests might bring special gifts. (Gifts and Rose image by Vanessa van Rensburg from Fotolia.com)
  9. 9

    Provide the clergy with a check to be donated to the church and a card thanking him or her for coming to your home.

Tips and warnings

  • Favours are a nice addition to a party or ceremony. Consider wrapping dinner mints or pink or blue Jordan almonds in tulle as favours for guests.
  • Check with your church before moving forward with planning a home christening. Formal denominations, such as the Catholic Church, require this important ceremony be held in a church and never during the Lenten season, the forty days prior to Easter Sunday.

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