Naming and Blessing Your Child at Meadrow Chapel
No child is born in sin and needs no cleansing from guilt, past or present, as it enters the world.
The word ‘Christening’ means to make ‘Christian’, and adults who are strongly conscious of the vows they make may not wish to promise the very young to a faith as yet unknown to them. Unitarians honour a Christian heritage but reject the idea of ‘Original Sin’ and its negative implications.
When a new life is celebrated in a Unitarian church, we affirm the inherent worth of that person and his or her potential for making a difference in the world. Any notion of inherited sinfulness or institutional authority over this life is alien to our way of thinking and acting.
You can welcome someone into your family circle with a simple church service, giving the new union its fullest meaning. Formalising a new family relationship in this way can be very meaningful for an older child and can help her or him to deal with the difficult adjustments they have to make. The open exchange of promises and hopes will help a child to understand that the care of his or her future is being undertaken in love and awareness, and that she or he is an important participant in events and outcomes.
Getting in touch
If you are interested in arranging a naming and blessing service (or adoption service) for your child, please contact us.
“On starting our journey to find the right faith for our family we discovered the Unitarian church in Godalming. After some exploring on our part and attending a service led by Sheena we had no doubt in our mind that this was the right place to bless our daughter. Love, understanding and openness are some of the pillars on which this church stands and represents. A unique and intimate blessing which will forever be treasured in our memories.”