We've not had the children christened yet so it's one of the goals for 2015 to have them baptised. Religion isn't deeply routed in our family, but I do like church, and the children's school is a Church of England school, so we decided to have the children baptised at the church that is partnered with the school.
After enquiring about a date for the christening we were invited to one of their Sunday family services and to be honest I wasn't too eager to go. I don't think I've ever been to a church service other than a funeral or wedding, but my husband knows the Reverend through being a governor at school, so we said yes and decided to go.
It's only a short walk away but the rain was horrendous! As we squelched through the doors we were soon given a warm welcome into the church, ushered in to sit around large tables as hot drinks and juice were served.
After a lovely welcome, crafts were on the agenda first and we made angels to hang in the church. Next up we told the nativity story with the children holding up pictures as the Reverend narrated. We sang a good few carols and it was really peaceful and very enjoyable.
They served up a huge buffet of food, we ate and chatted until it was time to go home. We left with full tummies and full hearts, my eldest described how she felt really safe and calm there, a success I thought and not "over the top" religion, just the sharing of stories and a really informal service.
We'll be going again this Sunday and I really am looking forward to it.