A baby Christening is a special time in the lives of new parents. It symbolises the promise of the child's parents to raise him in the Christian faith. Christenings are meant to be celebrated, and all family and friends can be invited to celebrate along with the parents.
Traditionally a scripture is quoted in the opening of the Christening invitation. Popular scriptures include, ""Every good and perfect gift is from above..." (James 1:17), "May the Lord give his angels charge over you, to guide you in all your ways..." (Psalm 91:11), and "Train up your child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6). Alternatively, greeting card websites such as "Babies and Brides" offers poems and sayings for those who prefer a less religious invitation. Phrases such as "Please share in our blessing" are considered appropriate.
In this portion, the family communicates their desire to invite the recipients to the service. the invitation will typically open with a polite phrase such as "Mr. and Mrs. White proudly invite you to the christening of their daughter...". This portion also conveys the specific time, date and address of where the ceremony will be held. This is a formal invitation, so consider writing out all numbers and using proper reference for time. For example, instead of writing out "Ten Thirty", write "Half past ten."
Multiples or Premature Babies
If the ceremony is for more than one child, be sure to specify this in the invitation. Otherwise, the guests may only bring gifts for one child. In these instances, consider using a saying such as, "We are joyfully bringing our children Caleb and Samantha into the love of God's family." If the child's christening has been delayed due to a premature birth, or other medically necessitated circumstances, consider mentioning this in the card so that the guests do not arrive expecting an infant, only to find a toddler being christened. Examples for this explanation could include, "We were so excited to meet our love, God sent her early from above."
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