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A friendship ceremony

Well, aware of the forthcoming Royal Wedding one of our local schools is having a Freindship Ceremony today – complete with a real William and Catherine, friendship bands, stirring music, a supporting cast and a Vicar.

I hope it helps the children to think a bit about the importance of friendship and watch the Royal Wedding tomorrow with a bit more understanding.

Here are the words we shall be using… all made up by me but based on some of the ideas in the marriage service. Please feel free to use if they are of any help to anyone planning something similar.


Words for a celebration of Friendship Ceremony


Welcome:

Welcome to school today for this special ceremony celebrating William and Catherine’s friendship.

 We may not be in Westminster Abbeyas Prince William and Catherine Middleton will be tomorrow, and crowds may not have lined the streets in our  road, but all the same today is a special day for all of us as we remember how important friendship in life, and celebrate with our William and Catherine as they promise to  be friends for life.

 

Just a few notices:

Switch off your mobile phones.

Join in with “ we will”.

No confetti is allowed.

Please join in with the hymn.

Welcome to applaud the happy couple after they have knelt down for a blessing.

I hope you really enjoyed the occasion and maybe for each one of you it can be an occasion to think about how important friendship is to you in your life.

 Introduction:

We come together today in the presence of God

To celebrate the friendship which William and Catherine

Have found in each other

To offer our support and affirm our faith in them

And in all that they share together.

May the words we share together

Strengthen their friendship and trust in one another

And may their experience of being friends

Grow ever richer and deeper.

Friendship is given that two people

may comfort and help each other

sharing happy times and sad times.

Enjoying each other’s company

and always being there like a rock

o give support and understanding.

Friendship is about being faithful

and true day by day.

This is the way of life that William and Catherine

are now to enter.

They will join hands and exchange promises.

They will give and receive friendship bands

to keep for ever.

Loving God, for all the love of this day

We praise you.

Hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful

Now I have to ask you all if anyone knows any reason why these two people

should not be friends for life to speak up now.

William and Catherine: The promises that you are about to make are being made in the presence of God. If either of you knows a reason why you should not be friends for life, you are to declare it now.

The Promises.

Minister:

William:  will you take Catherine to be your friend?

Will you always be loyal and kind to her

As long as you both shall live?

William: I will

Catherine:  will you take William  to be your friend?

Will you always be loyal and kind to him

As long as you both shall live?

Catherine: I will.

Will you all, the families and friends of William and Catherine support them

in their friendship, now and in all the years to come?

All: We do.

I will ask Daniel to take Catherine’s right hand and pass it into William’s right hand.

I now invite you to join hands and make your promises in the presence of God and your friends.

William:

I William

Take you Catherine

To be my friend.

To always be loyal and kind

To be there for you in good times and sad times

To always support and care for you

All the days of my life.

In the presence of God I make this promise.

 Catherine:

I Catherine

Take you William

To be my friend.

To always be loyal and kind

To be there for you in good times and sad times

To always support and care for you

All the days of my life.

In the presence of God I make this promise.


Exchange of the Friendship bands.

 

Minister:

Loving God, may these friendship bands be to William and Catherine

A symbol of their friendship now and in all the days to come.

William ( places the band on Catherine’s  wrist)

 

Catherine, I give you this friendship band

As a reminder of my promise today

to always be your friend. Amen

 

William, I give you this friendship band

As a reminder of my promise today

To always be your friend. Amen.

In the presence of God and before their friends and family

William and Catherine  have made their promises to each other

To always be true and loyal friends.

I can now pronounce they are friends for life!

 Kneel

God has joined William and Catherine  together in friendship.

Let no one ever spoil that friendship Amen.

 

William and Catherine may now stand and we shall all give them a round of applause.


Sign the certificates with witnesses.


Prayer for friendship.

 

Loving God

Help us all to be good and true friends one to another

Help us never to let anyone down

And to keep the promises we make.

Help us to generous in sharing our time

Patient in our caring

And always reliable and trustworthy.

 

As we care for each other

Help us as well to care for the world around us

And never to take our planet earth for granted.

 

Bless all those being married in the coming weeks

Especially Prince William and Catherine as they

Prepare for their wedding on Friday.

Keep them safe and everyone who will be in London tomorrow.

 

May God bless us all

In the days the days to come

With his peace and goodness.

Amen.

 

Will you please give another round of applause to William and Catherine as they leave the ceremony with their friends.

April 28, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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