I need help, share with me your thoughts/links/etc. Below is the invite we created for my daughter's "Circle Welcoming" to give you an idea of what we are doing. We coined the term Circle Welcoming because it seemed the most suitable title considering her circle is made up of many religions.
I need ideas for the ritual/ceremony and haven't been able to find anything suitable via a google search as of yet.
Child has expressed a desire for a paganing/blessing. She is ready to be welcomed by her "village" as a child member, and knowing how much she misses the friends we have made, having not been blessed before, and with the military life being so often spread across the globe, we are holding a special welcoming ceremony for her.
We ask that if you accept to be part of Child's circle, since you do have a choice in the matter of course :), that you send/bring a token and note for her. The token can be anything, a vial of earth to remind her to be grounded, a paintbrush to remind her to be creative, a stone, a shell, a statue, a bead, a charm. The note is for her, a blessing, words of encouragement, etc. it can be written to her current self or her future self, or can be more then one and address her at different stages. If you are willing please also include a picture of yourself as the notes will be scrap booked, and the tokens will be placed in a treasure box. Child will want to share her life with you so make sure to put on a return address or include an e-mail.
We ask that you be her village, there for her to love her, support her, and care about her, good and bad. Be for her the support that Husband and I may not always be able to be...let's face it at some point and time she will want to turn to someone other then her parents!
My only advice would be to put together whatever you see fit... :) After all, she's YOUR daughter.
Thanks! I will most likely write a blog about it and will link once it happens in September
I would have to say to remind everyone that she's young and impressionable.
Yes, I thought about that, but the people invited are very aware of how we feel about raising her and support that so I have hope it shouldn't be a problem. We haven't told our families because we want it to be about what is best for her and how she has decided to build her own circle.
Don't forget the party. *g* Her favorite foods, favorite games, favorite colors, pretty much her favorite everything (within reason, of course). If she's interested, ask her to help plan parts of the ritual itself if your tradition leaves enough breathing room. If not, ask her to help plan the day (what will take place when, as well as where so long as it's reasonable, etc). You also don't want to bog her down with details. :-) Give her a hug and a congrats for me? *g*