To christen your child when you do not attend church a bit showy

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Illustrationaddict Wed 01-May-13 09:44:09

I struggle with the idea of christening your child if you do not regularly attend church (as in more than Christmas and a friends wedding). Got a few coming up and know the parents don't go. I am not religious, but find it strange when people who do not attend church insist on vowing to raise their child with the christian faith. I have to say I find the whole concept a bit showy, why not just be honest and throw your child a welcome to the world party? AIBU?

WafflyVersatile Thu 13-Jun-13 21:55:24

how is a welcome to the world party less 'showy'?

Personally I don't really get it, but then I'd gladly kick all religions to the kerb. However my mate had her kids christened - in two different denominations! She sees it as a community thing apparently. She doesn't go to church but rarely but does have bible stories for the kids. You do not have to go to church to worship god, if that's your thing.

treesntrees Thu 13-Jun-13 23:00:24

I agree with the op. At a recent christening in the church I attend many of the guests continued to talk even after the service started. Christenings are generally held as part of the normal Sunday service and we all try to make the visitors welcome but so often disrespect is shown in return. Far better if only immediate family and godparents attend and other guests are invited to a separate celebration.
As for raising money a large number of visitors have no idea what a collection plate is for.

LondonBus Fri 14-Jun-13 00:05:02

We did it because the education system discriminates against children who don't have parents who are seen to believe in sky fairies.

Not around here. There non faith schools are apparently better than the faith schools.

And CofE and Catholics don't believe in "sky fairies", and using such terms is offensive (IMO)

Fair play, though, if you want to play the system, and you admit that is what you are doing.
Having married a Catholic, I seem to spend an awful lot of my life jumping through hoops to conform. Along the way, I've realised what a beautiful religion Catholicism is.

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