If you’re looking to host a contemporary spiritual christening outside of a traditional church service as a means of marking the commencement of life’s journey for a child or loved-one, Carol Provan can help create a tailor-made service either with or without Christian-faith rituals, readings and other elements incorporated.
In fact, because contemporary spiritual christenings are not officially recognised by church nor state due to the absence of ministerial representation, there’s total flexibility as to the type of service you wish for from the form the ceremony will take and your choice of location through to any combination of Godparents you wish to invite into the family circle.
As an increasingly popular alternative to religious-based baptisms, naming ceremonies are a fulfilling and significant experience for many modern families. And it’s not a service exclusively designed for infants either. For those adolescence and adults wishing to celebrate a naming day, they often choose this ceremony to mark a period of change or transition, or because no ceremony of a formal welcoming ever occurred in childhood.
No matter what your needs or desires for a naming ceremony are, Carol Provan can carefully craft a service with classic or bespoke options in consultation with you and your family, using either your own selection of words, or poems and readings from the wide selection provided.
A commitment ceremony is often very similar to many other kinds of weddings. The chief difference is that rather than being a legally binding marriage, it is simply a public affirmation of a couple’s commitment to one another before family and friends. And Carol Provan has a heart-felt passion for the rules for your commitment ceremony – that is, there are no rules.
The content and style of a commitment ceremony is unique and tailored to your specific needs and desires meaning the ceremony may take on any form be it religious or secular, formal and traditional or freely unstructured. Commitment ceremonies do not involve laws or government agencies in any way, there’s no license required, and a couple’s legal status does not change.
Civil Partnership Ceremonies
As a strong supporter of marriage equality to be recognised in Australia, Carol Provan loves to celebrate diversity. As a result, similar to a commitment ceremony, as an alternative for lesbian, gay, or transgender couples she can help create a special civil partnership ceremony for same-sex couples to publicly express their devotion to one another. And while civil partnerships between same-sex couples are not currently recognised in Australia, it’s not illegal to conduct civil partnership ceremonies provided they do not purport to be legal marriages.
However, provided at least one partner lives in NSW, you can apply to register a relationship. The NSW Relationships register commenced operation 1 July, 2010 and provides legal recognition for a couple, regardless of their sex, by registration of the relationship. Same-sex couples are eligible to register your relationship in NSW if you have married overseas in a same-sex marriage. For more information, click here.
The recognition of a rite of passage is a ceremony that openly marks the transition from one phase of life into another amongst loved ones. Although it is often used to describe the transition from adolescence to adulthood, it can actually relate to any of life’s monumental transitions including graduations, the coming together of blended families, significant milestones or successes – in fact, there are so many passages in life that we can choose to mark and celebrate. And an intentional rite of passage experience is an ideal setting that can provide the space for family and friends to share in the occasion and provide both wisdom and support as you make the transition to your next role in life.