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  1. #21
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    I really like philosophy and spirituality so my kids will probably know the basics of a bunch of religious views. Corey & I were both raised going to church but haven't gone regularly for a number of years. I figure we might take our kids once in a while if they want to go to church, they can hang out with their meema and pappa, play with some other kids, and we can get out of the house & feel like part of a community occasionally. More for something to do than for real spiritual reasons. If our kids don't want to go we won't make them.
    We don't intend on having them baptized or christened or anything, if they decide that's something they want when they are older then more power to them.
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  2. #23
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    I was raised unchurched, my husband was raised Reform (Christian), but neither of us feels a connection to the rituals or beliefs of the Protestant faiths. Before we got engaged, but when we knew things were going that way, we sought out a religious home where the beliefs we did have were honored, the questions and doubts we had were respected, and the wisdom of many faiths was drawn upon in worship and religious education. We're Unitarian Universalist now. We look forward to raising our children in a church where they'll be free to question and learn about lots of different faiths, but will have the guidance and support of a community of people who share some core beliefs about helping and caring for one another and acknowledging the things in this life that are beyond our full understanding.

    As for holidays and celebrations, our church and the people in the community have a lot of them, and we've enjoyed learning about what days and events are holy to people of different backgrounds. I hope our children will come to enjoy some of them as much as we have. We celebrate Christmas and Easter with our families, but enjoy attending our church's Passover seder and have come to consider the Winter Solstice/Yule the real start of the holiday season for us. It is our hope that by introducing our children to a variety of celebrations and traditions, they'll grow up knowing that coming together, sharing what we have, helping those who are not as blessed as we are, and talking about the mysteries of life is what it's all about.

  3. #25
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    Quote Originally Posted by tarynkay View Post
    My husband and I are both Christians, both converted (reverted?) as adults. We are raising our two year old son in the Church. As crunchymama said above, our faith is not separate from our lives in general. We talk about God a lot, both with each other and with friends and neighbors. We go to church and take our son to church. We pray with our son and read the Bible together. Right now we keep these things short, frequent, and close to his level. My husband plays guitar and most of the songs he plays are worship music so we do a lot of singing at home.

    Neither of us were raised this way, so we are making things up as we go along. We both grew up going to church, but religion always felt very peripheral to our lives. His parents and my parents were both embarrassed to talk about their faith. This was a big reason that we both stopped going to church when we left home- it just seemed unnecessary and uncomfortable.
    Wow, your faith story sounds a lot like mine! :-)

    We don't have children yet, but my husband and I are both Christians; our faith is important to us and part of our daily life. I plan to discuss faith and God with our children on a regular basis, not as something special that comes up once in a while. However, since we have family who are Jewish and live in a very multicultural city, we will also discuss the fact that other people believe different things and we respect that and don't need to fear or look down on people who have other beliefs.
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  4. #27
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    @maggiefromcanada
    That is awesome to hear!

    And as to your second point, yes, absolutely. We have many friends who have different faiths and many friends who are atheists or agnostics. We will explain other religions to our son and teach him to be respectful of other people's faiths and lives and decisions. We are called to love all people, and we teach him that, too.

    We believe that what we believe is true, so we present it to him as the truth. Our church does not do infant baptism, and the decision to be baptized as an adult will be his own.

  5. #29
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    @maggiefromcanada
    @tarynkay
    @crunchymama

    So similar to our house!

    I am a protestant Christian, I have been since a young age. I grew up in a Christian family, but made my own decision to become a Christ-follower. My husband's parents became Christ-followers when he was six or seven, and made the decision himself to be a christian when he was a teenager. He now is a pastor! Our kids are still pretty young, but we plan to raise them according to Scripture. We do not force the Gospel down their throat, we don't force them to be Christian. Once they are old enough to articulate the Gospel, they can decide if they want to follow God. They come to church with us, we have daily devotionals, but we aren't going to pressure them to conform.
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