Shona Sharp

Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies


Hi, I'm Shona Sharp and I live in Oban with my husband, our two sons and two dogs. I love music, books and spending time with my family. I am originally from Glasgow and moved to Oban 33 years ago. The West of Scotland has been a wonderful place to bring up my sons with its fresh air, beautiful scenery and stunning sunsets.
I have been a member of the Humanist Society Scotland for several years and I am also a volunteer with the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network. For the last 22 years I have been involved in childcare and education and I am currently a secondary school teacher. Working with children, young people and their families has been so much fun but has also, at times, been challenging and emotional. However, ups and downs are all part of life and I see it as a privilege to be able share the ups in people’s lives as well as being a support during the downs.
To me, Humanism is about respecting one another and the world we live in. It focuses on the things, like love and compassion, that bring us together rather than the things that divide us. Values that we all share, regardless of our beliefs, and which make for strong, loving bonds within a family, a community and the world.

Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

Welcoming and Naming ceremonies are a wonderful way to celebrate a new addition to your family whether that be a new baby, an older child or an adopted child. They are a unique, personal and non-religious alternative to a traditional christening.
I can help you create your own personal ceremony which is a wonderful way to show your love and commitment that can be looked back at in years to come.
The ceremony can take place wherever you like, and you can be as creative as you like; you may have a style or theme in mind. You might want to include roles for grandparents, guide parents, friends or other family members as well as including special songs, poems and symbolic gestures such as a memory box or a sand ceremony.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or would like a chat about arranging a Welcoming and Naming Ceremony.

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