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Archie1
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Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:40 pm 
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Has anyone had experience of these, either organising it or attending one?

Mr Arch and I aren't religious and want to let junior have the option of which (if any) religion he wants to choose when he's older. My friend suggested a naming ceremony as a nice way to welcome the little guy to friends and family and we would like him to have my bessie mate and my brother as the equilvalent of godparents in case anything happened to us. I googled it and see that you can have a registrar do a small ceremony in a hotel or somewhere similar or the Humanist society can do one too.

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Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 6:53 pm 
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hi hun i had it done with Brom, im not religious and decided he could decide for himself. i went to the library and got a book out on it ( i did not have internet lol). He has 4 sponsers(god parents) and we had a party at my parents with family and friends. I know that if you want you can get his some water baptised in a church if you wished.
Neither Paul or i are religious so im hopin to do it again for this lil one but might be a lil difficult as his folks will be living in Cyprus and rest of his family live 150 miles away lol.
I think it will be a lovely idea for you all xxxxxxxxx
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Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:06 pm 
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Thanx Brom, that sounds nice and informal.... i don't want a big deal made. My mum's best friend is a minister and she blessed us at our wedding so she could maybe do something similar with the blessed water. Thanks!! Very Happy xxxx
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Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:15 pm 
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Archie ohhh that would be nice if the same minister could do it Smile

We had a BBQ and my grandad took a video of it, it was nice aswell as some of my family are Christians and some are Jehovahs Witnesses so all came as it was not religious.
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Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:51 pm 
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see your still here claire, whens your little man gonna come!!! hope your feeling ok tho??

i think thats a really lovely idea. didn't know you could do something like that

something to think about
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Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:29 pm 
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yeah bromley, i am from an italian catholic family and mr a is from a very protestant family so for the wedding it was great cos no one could complain and we kinda want the same thing for this.

yeah clarence don't worry, looks like i'll be here for a little while yet!!! Laughing
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Posted: Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:23 pm 
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We are having a naming ceremony for Hunter on his 1st birthday, not the 26th Oct which was the DATE he was born but on the full moon at 7pm just like the DAY he was born. My nephew is playing the bagpipes for us and all our family and friends will be there just like a normal birthday. We will do something smaller on the actual 26th with just us 3 aswell.
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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:41 am 
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i have had a naming ceromony for all my boys
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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:44 am 
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I'd really like to do something like this as i don't believe in god, but would like to do something to celebrate. All my family are quite religious and i can imagine them mocking it a bit though.

So is it just like a christening but without a ceremony or are you meant to have a ceremony of some kind?

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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:29 pm 
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I think you have a ceremony but it's not as hardcore as a christening and it's more informal....I just think it sounds like a really nice way to welcome baby into the world with being a hypocrite (if i went to church just for the christening i would feel bad!!).

Honie how did you do your naming ceremonies? Hunter your idea sound slovely with all the moon stuff....very cosmic!!! Very Happy xxxx
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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:35 pm 
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we had a registra in a hotel overlooking the sea for our wedding as we are not religious and i am going to do the same for the lana and the baby when he / she arrives. one of my best freinds had one also for her son and i am his fairy tan (my name is tania . i think it is a nice idea and i get so cross when people who are not religious have children christened just for the sake of it, in this day and age children should decide themselves and if they want to marry in church they can have themselves christened if they choose at a time they choose with whom they choose. sorry for the rant but heh !!!!!
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Posted: Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:50 pm 
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I totally agree Hoping. At christmas we had it at my ln laws and there was my brother in law's sister there (cos she's a sad old cow...you'll see why I am nasty about her in a minute!).....she asked about where we would have the baby christened and I said it wasn't something we thought was good for us cos we weren't religious, didn't want to be hypocrites, the two familes had diff beliefs etc and she had a good old rant about me saying I was going to be a terrible mother and that I had to make the best choices for my baby now and not let him walk into evil !!!! Evil or Very Mad She was a complete loony tune about it!! I was never christened or anything like that and I spent most of my childhood being part of scripture union, a local jewish youth club and also went to brownies and guides and did all the churchy things there. Mum and dad didn't push me into any of it, I just chose to go and when I was about 12 I decided that none of it was for me.....I think that's more healthy than becoming some preaching weirdo attacking pregnant women!! Shocked

Yes i did tell her to f*ck off!!!!! Laughing I also told her how the hell would she know how to bring up kids since she was over 60 and had never been married, had kids and has always lived by herself. I am going to see her at SIL's wedding at the end of August and she is not getting to come near my son!!!

Phew got that one out too!! Laughing
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Posted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:51 pm 
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yea my mil keeps asking when we are getting lana christened and we just say that we arent at that once we have this one we will have a naming ceremony and she doesnt like it !!! but heh i dont even think she is religious and she doesnt go to church so what the hell is she on. its weird the things that that generation just expect lol
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Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:31 pm 
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I think it's a great idea actually!!

It's something I think I'd be interested in too. My fella and I are different religions, and christening our child into either church would offend the other side of the family either way.

We both would be semi-religious (not the bible bashing, preaching type lol) but neither would be prepared to force our religion on eachother or our baby. So we agreed that the baby can decide when they're older.

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Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2008 3:46 pm 
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I'm a Christian (not a complete psycho one i must add) so my kids will be Christened and they will go to church with me every Sunday. However i do think that naming ceremonies are perfect for non-religious parents who don't want to commit their child to a religion. My Aunt had one for my cousin and they planted a tree in their garden so that she could grow up around it and it could represent her blossoming into adulthood.
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