Christenings and other celebrations

I was at a christening today for a very handsome wee man (the son of a colleague).  It was in a wonderful old church and was a christening outside the usual church service.

I cried through it…in the way most people would with weddings.

Christenings are seen as celebrations, but as I listen to the words and understand the promises in faith that are made, I weep at the commitment made by his parents and godparents to raise him in a faith community.

Quakers don’t do sacraments such as christenings, those we see as outward signs rather than an inward movement of the Spirit. However, I can admire and understand the desire to welcome a child (or adult) into a faith community.

Welcome wee man to a community of Faith


About kiwihelen

A Quaker woman with something to say. I am 40 years old, a Pakeha (white New Zealander) who is an economic migrant living in the UK. I am a registered dietitian, a feminist (although I am very aware of the mysandry of some feminist authors and also support the work of some Mens Rights Activists), a crafter and I play the trombone. I am in a long-distance relationship with a Quaker man who has two beautiful daughters. I have 12 nieces and nephews and a great nephew and niece. I share a house with my best friend J, and we are the staff for two cats Archie & Asbo.
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