Rites of Passage

Expectant Mother Blessingway

Share wisdom, comfort, and support as mothers-to-be await the birth of a child.

Baptism/Child Dedication

Rather than holding Christian-style baptisms or christenings, most Unitarian Universalist congregations have child dedication ceremonies for infants and children.

The child dedication ceremony is usually crafted by the parents, the congregation’s minister, and the religious educator working closely together. Many will include the following elements:

  • A blessing for the new life of the child
  • An expression of the parent or parents’ hopes for the child
  • A promise by the congregation to support and nurture the child


If you are interested in having your child dedicated by the First Universalist Church of Essex, please contact our minister.