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The Naming Ceremony of
Arthur William Michael Anderson
Arthur William Michael Anderson
Bear Abbey Home Farm
26
th May 2016
Bear

Welcome

Welcome everyone, and thank you for coming here today to celebrate the naming of Arthur. Katy and Kirk have invited you here today to take part in this ceremony, which formally acknowledges Arthur’s place in the world. They have chosen not to have a religious ceremony at this point, as they would like Arthur to be able to explore and make his own choices about what he believes in when he is older. For those of us who believe in a god, most will recognise that God is part of our lives and is an ever present reality whether we acknowledge him or not, therefore for myself and some others God is present and we ask His blessing on Arthur too.

You are all here today to share in the welcoming of Arthur, in to this world and in to his family. This is also a time for Kirk and Katy, together with Arthur’s guide parents, Jenny, Julie, Jon, and Peter to publicly acknowledge and declare their responsibilities and commitments to Arthur.

Arthur was born on the 26th of June 2015 at the Great Western Hospital, and has been warmly welcomed in to his family, bringing both challenges and joy, worries and celebration, as they have learned to work together as a unit of 3. Katy and Kirk chose the name Arthur as they liked the fact it was a little unusual, and reminded Kirk of the legends of King Arthur. It is also a name that has cropped up several times in both sides of his family tree. Katy liked the Celtic meaning of the name, “Bear” and because of this Arthur has been affectionately known as Bear. Little did they know it was going to be one of the most popular boy’s name of 2015!Arthur’s middle names are William and Michael. William is a middle name passed down through male members on Kirk’s side of the family, and Michael is in memory of Kirk’s Uncle Mike, who sadly passed away the year before Kirk and Katy were married.

Arthur has his own distinct character which has been evident since the day he was born, when he would scream whenever Katy put him in the hospital crib. Now, although he can be a sensitive soul at times and likes to be near to his Mummy and Daddy, he has developed a cheeky streak, and once he has found his feet, he is the first into mischief, often leading his other baby friends astray. He is, and always has been, very curious about the world around him, and loves to explore it fully.

Family
(read by Wendy)

A family is a place to cry, laugh, and vent frustrations,
To ask for help, tease and yell,
To be touched and hugged and smiled at.

A family is people who care when you are sad,
Who love you no matter what and share your triumphs.
Who don’t expect you to be perfect,
Just growing with honesty, in your own direction.

Family is a circle,
Where we learn to like ourselves,
Where we learn to make good decisions, and think before we do.
Where we learn integrity and table manners,
And respect for other people.
Where we are special, and share ideas.
Where we listen and are listened to.
Where we learn the rules of life,
To prepare ourselves for the world.

The world is a place where anything can happen,
If we grow up in a loving family, we are ready for the world.

Three Bears

Parent’s Vows

Before we go on to the vows Katy and Kirk are going to make as parents, Katy has a poem she wishes to read:

A mother’s wish by Anon
I hope my child looks back on today
And sees a mother who had time to play
There will be years for cleaning and cooking
But children grow up when you are not looking
Tomorrow I’ll do all the chores you mention
But today my baby needs time and attention
So settle down cobwebs; dust go to sleep
I’m cuddling my baby and babies don’t keep

Katy and Kirk, I am now going to ask you to make promises as parents in front of your family and friends, who can then support you to keep them.

Will you surround Arthur with love, affection, and patience and make as sure as you can that no harm comes to him? Will you treat him gently and with respect so that he can learn to respect others?

Katy and Kirk: We will.

Will you work together as parents to provide a calm, stable family life, full of wonder, fun and laughter?

Katy and Kirk: We will!

Will you always be there for Arthur throughout his lifetime whenever he may need you, and will you be realistic in your hopes for him and accept the choices he makes as he grows up?

Katy and Kirk: We will.

Guideparent Vows

The bond between parents and their children is very strong, but the support and encouragement of others is vital for the development of the child. Katy and Kirk recognise that Arthur has been born in to an extended family who will be there for him as he grows up, and they know that both sets of grandparents, Aunties and cousins will have their roles to play. In order to widen Arthur’s network of support, they have chosen 4 people who they think will provide something additional to Arthur’s life.

They have chosen these people for specific reasons: Julie, for her wisdom, and her calm, spiritual nature; Peter, for his hands-on, practical and engaging manner with children; Jenny, for her motherly ways and creativity, and John, for his calm, steady and approachable personality, and pure, gentlemanly ways. Children need to have role models who are not their parents, and guide parents should be willing to take a special and lifelong long interest in the moral, ethical and spiritual development of the child.

Can the guide parents please step forward.

Will you promise to support Arthur in all that he does, to inspire his imagination and help him fulfil his dreams?

Guideparents: We will.

Do you promise to be an ear to listen, a voice to advise and a pair of arms that will always have a hug waiting when its needed?

Guideparents: We will.

Do you promise to be there for Arthur throughout his life, having fun times with him and supporting him through tricky times, with a kindly word, or a challenging discussion, prompting and supporting him to take the right path in life for him?

Guideparents: We will.

Before we move on to the formal naming, we invite everyone to take part and join in singing “Teddy Bear’s Picnic”, one of Arthur’s favourite songs.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today, you'd better go in disguise!
For every bear that ever there was, will gather there for certain, because,
Today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Every Teddy Bear who's been good, is sure of a treat today.
There's lots of marvellous things to eat, and wonderful games to play.
Beneath the trees where nobody sees, they'll hide and seek as long as they please.
'Cause that's the way the Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears,
The little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them picnic on their holiday.
See them gaily gad about, they love to play and shout, they never have any cares.
At six o'clock their Mummies and Daddies will take them home to bed,
Because they're tired little Teddy Bears.

If you go down to the woods today, you'd better not go alone!
It's lovely down in the woods today, but safer to stay at home!
For ev'ry bear that ever there was, will gather there for certain, because,
Today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears,
The little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them picnic on their holiday.
See them gaily gad about, they love to play and shout, they never have any cares.
At six o'clock their Mummies and Daddies will take them home to bed,
Because they're tired little Teddy Bears.

Endings and Naming

Having welcomed Arthur into this world, and heard commitments from his parents and guideparents, it brings us to the final and very important part of this ceremony, the naming of Arthur.

As we formally name Arthur, we mark his individuality as a person and recognise his place amongst his family and friends. So, in the presence of you all, I am very pleased to give you the name Arthur William Michael Anderson.

May your life be long, fulfilled and happy in every way.

May the Lord bless you and take care of you;
May the Lord be kind and gracious to you;
May the Lord look on you with favour and give you peace.

We are going to finish with a Celtic blessing, chosen by Arthur’s Aunty Clare, who could not be here today, and will be read by Jenny.

May the strength of the wind and the light of the sun,
The softness of the rain and the mystery of the moon reach you and fill you.
May beauty delight you and happiness uplift you,
May wonder fulfil you and love surround you.
May your step be steady and your arm be strong.
May your heart be peaceful and your word be true.
May you seek to learn, may you learn to live,
May you live to love, and may you love-always.

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