BABY BLESSING CEREMONIES
The arrival of a new person to your family is one of the most powerful of life's milestones, and when we recognize that with ceremony, we make it that much more meaningful. If you're like many of my families who are not affiliated with a church or particular spiritual path, but who still want to recognize life's important milestones in a meaningful way, you might be wondering, "Who would facilitate this kind of ceremony for us?" Well, that would be me! As an interspiritual family minister, I believe there are as many different definitions of spirituality as there are people, and I travel around Colorado supporting my families to celebrate their milestones, each in their own unique and beautiful way.
During your baby blessing, we will welcome your child into the world with love. We will gather together all of the people who will be important in your child's life - like grandparents, godparents and siblings, and we will invite any other important friends and community members to witness and be part of this welcoming. We will support you, the parents, to mark this transition for yourselves too - to step into your relationship with this child and to recognize what you hold most important as the stewards of this dear, new life. We will celebrate the interconnectedness of your child with family, the larger community and with any form of spirituality that might be important to you. We will also celebrate and honor the unique individual that your child will become.
Here's how the Baby Blessing Ceremony process works...
• Complimentary Phone Chat: I'll hop on the phone with you to learn about what you want, and to begin to envision your ceremony with you. This is a fun, creative session and will also help you decide if you'd like to work with me.
• Ceremony Creation: I create a completely customized ceremony for you, which is what will make it special, meaningful and memorable for years to come. We meet in-person so that I can get to know you - your tastes, your style, your family and community, your spiritual or non-spiritual preferences, plus how you want the ceremony to feel and who will be involved. Then I'll guide you to choose a few ceremony elements in addition to the blessing by me. There's a lot to choose from - readings, music, symbolic candle-lighting, a rose petal welcome, a blessing bough, a blessing book, a blessing bowl, a tree-planting, a honey-on-the-lips blessing and other options. You can have grandparents, godparents, siblings or other important people play roles in the ceremony and some parents even state specific vows that they want to make to their child. We'll pick what fits you best!
• Ceremony & Arrival: Your ceremony can be outside or inside, and it can be small & intimate or you can invite lots of guests. I officiate your ceremony, and also arrive 30 minutes early to help prepare the ceremony elements and check in with any other ceremony participants about their roles.
• Extra Perk: Once I’ve worked with you, I give you one cycle of free access (8 weeks) to the Recipe for Spirituality for Parents & Families phone classes that I teach through Sacred House. These classes facilitate you to clarify your own set of personal spiritual truths and practices for yourself and for your family, and then to integrate them into your daily life. I also consider myself available to you as your “family minister”, and am available for other big life passages like new home blessings and any spiritual support you might need.
Baby Blessing Fee: $325, which includes everything mentioned above. If there's anything unusual or extra involved, that could add a little more to the fee. An additional travel fee applies for any location more than 40 miles from my Boulder, CO home base.
I look forward to creating a great baby blessing with you! For our initial consult/chat, you can call me at 303-842-4321 or fill out the contact form below which will instantly send me a message.