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Christening Speech Ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

A christening speech allows godparents or other relative to pay tribute to the child being christened. Christening serves as a child's introduction into a church and is a commitment to raise the child in a Christian environment, whether of the Catholic, Protestant or other faith. Some dedications take place in front of the congregation and don't provide time for speeches. Speech ideas help speakers who may be uncomfortable with public speaking to give heartfelt speeches.

Poems or Verses

Poems and Bible verses can be included in christening speeches to inspire and honour the person being dedicated. If you choose a poem, it should be relevant to christening or the Christian faith. The poem should be a favourite of yours or have special meaning for the family. Bible verses are always appropriate for christening speeches as long as the chosen verse relates to the event. Check with the officiating priest for help with choosing a verse if you are unable to decide on one.

Speak About the Child

If you have had a chance to spend time with the child being christened, then you should speak about the child in your speech. You can discuss what the child means to you and how you felt the first time you met him. If you will be playing an integral role in the child's religious development, you can speak of your hopes for the child as he grows into the church. Be sure to speak about how other people feel about the child, too, so it doesn't seem like you think you are the only important person in his life.

Speak About Christianity

Your speech should focus more on living a Christian life if you haven't had the chance to meet the child before the christening. If you haven't met her, you can't really speak about her personality or potential. Include the steps it takes to lead a Christian life and the tribulations that may challenge a Christian to maintain that lifestyle. List examples of how the church and family community can work together to secure the child's future in Christianity. You can also address parents and godparents specifically and make a pledge to assist in the child's development in any way they may need you.

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A former cake decorator and competitive horticulturist, Amelia Allonsy is most at home in the kitchen or with her hands in the dirt. She received her Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle and on other websites.