Baptisms and Baby Blessings

There is such joy at the birth of a child!


As a minister, I offer baptisms and by blessings that acknowledge the "Original Blessing" that a new life is for a family.

"Reverend Sue crafted the most beautiful baby blessing ceremony for our twin girls. It was exactly what we were looking for: a perfect celebration of the love and support of family with the spiritual guidance of God.” - Maigen Connally Beaulieu (2013 Wedding, 2014 Baby Blessing)

Baby blessings are opportunities to celebrate with the whole family, including families where there are different religious or cultural traditions. Baby blessings can include a naming ritual, readings, joyous music, remembrance of those present in Spirit, prayer, vows of parents and godparents, blessing with water, and other creative or traditional elements that are important to you. Each Baby Blessing is created and personalized for your unique family. They can occur in private homes, halls, outdoors, or any other venue of your choice on venue on Cape Ann.  I am also happy to make referrals to other ministers across New England and New York. 

Because it takes a village to raise a child, you are encouraged to come visit The Annisquam Village Church, where I was recently called as pastor!

"Rev. Sue made our baby's blessing complete. She performed a perfect blessing ceremony for my family. We couldn't have asked for a better day! Thank you Rev. Sue!"  - Corinne & Bryan Campo


To inquire about scheduling your Baby Blessing,

please email or call her at 978-325-2573

Here is a favorite peom recited by the parents from a recent baby blessing:


“My Wish for You” by Kathryn Haeny


In my wish, you would be blessed

with friendships, happy and long.

Foundations would form in your life

to make you kind, caring and strong.
Curiosity would fill contented days,

creating respect, integrity and cheer.

The sun would rise with fresh adventures,

celebrating new chapters of your years.

In my wish, you would feel passion

for goodness, knowledge and trust.

Your life would be the model of one

that’s upright, giving, and just.

Into your heart, belief would be planted

that won’t falter, fade or grow old.

You would reflect charity and trust

and blossom with the spirit in your soul.

Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, M.Div. 

   ph. 978-325-2573 

Serving Gloucester and Rockport, MA.

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