Monday, 21 October 2013

An Important Decision.

Among my seven children I have just two daughters. One is almost a teen and a lively bundle of smiles and hugs, as bouncy as Tigger, easygoing and largely happy to go with the flow. My younger daughter is quieter, calmer, but a determined little girl who looks like a Disney princess (especially when her extra-long hair is down) and has a core of steel.

She is just seven years old but has always known exactly what she wants - which isn't always what I want. But this week I was very proud as when she was asked if she felt ready to do the course which would allow her to take her first communion at Church, she chose the path I hoped she would and said yes!

I am a proud Christian and we are very involved in our local Anglican team parish. However (as I have said before) I still feel faith is an individual choice so the children have never been forced to go to church or made to believe what we believe. If they ask questions I use the phrase "I believe...."
To be honest, most of them do love church and share very similar beliefs to mum and dad but it's their choice. When one of my children decided against confirmation because he wasn't sure he wanted to make such a big commitment, we supported him in his decision.

But I can't help being quite pleased that DD decided she did want to take the next step of joining in with the sharing of bread and wine. She went to a day session where children shared lunch, games, ideas and conversation and learned about why we celebrate the Eucharist ( all done in a relaxed style) before trying out the bread and wine in advance of their First Communion which will be sometime in the next few weeks.

She said she had lots of fun, enjoyed showing the group her "favourite thing", a unicorn cushion which was a recent pressie from one of her Godmothers (along with the spectacular leopard-spot coat!) and confided that she thought the wine was a bit yucky.

For me this is a rite of passage - something I did as a child (though I don't remember it to be honest) and a big reminder that my little girl is growing up.


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19 comments:

  1. Lovely post, so pleased for you. My granddad was a Vicar so Mum had grow up practically living in church. She wanted my brother and I to make our own minds up about things and we were never forced to do anything. We found our own way.

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    1. Thankyou for such a supportive comment. And well done your mum!

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  2. That's a very sepcial moment and I am sure is all the more special that your daughter made her own choice.

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  3. A lovely post. You must be so proud of her. I think it's brilliant that you encourage but do not force your faith on your family, and that you all enjoy your time together with your church.

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  4. It's great when children feel confident to make their own decisions about God and what they believe. I have the same attitude as you about talking to them about faith - though I do put a definite emphasis on my view!

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  5. A magic moment indeed. I have failed with all of mine though they were christened and go to a C of E school I couldn't persuade them further. Well done to you.

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  6. A lovely post, I love your attitude of supporting your children to develop their own beliefs. I'm one of seven children too, and we're all very different to each other!

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  7. This so lovely! I also want to support my wee one in the choices he makes, especially when it comes to faith.

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  8. I think you're right about by letting your children decide on matters of faith, but how wonderful that your pretty daughter wants to follow your path! #MagicMoments

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  9. Its so lovely that you all share faith together and I hope my family is like this too growing up.

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  10. Isn't it great when they make decisions we would like them to make? Kinda like a little pat on the back and letting us know we are doing ok :)

    Well done to all of you!

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  11. Hello! Just popping over from Jaime's linky and found your lovely blog! YOu must be so proud of your little girl. What a grown up decision. She looks beautiful. I think its great that you are so supportive to your children and letting them find their own way, a really healthy way to approach it. We intend to do the same with our son and any future babies! xx Joanna xx

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  12. I really like how you're proud of her making her own decision. I hope I do the same. I actually was confirmed by an Anglican bishop at the Catholic boarding school I attended!
    #magicmoments

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  13. A really lovely post this week Afra - you must be very proud of DD - & you're right she looks like a Disney Princess - god help the lads as she gets older as she's going to be a stunner :) #MagicMoments

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  14. awww how fantastic Afra!! what a really important decision made by such a wise head!!

    thank you for linking up with #magicmoments x

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  15. Aww lovely post, I bet you are chuffed to bits x

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  16. What a wonderful post Afra, you must be so proud of DD. Really special too that she made her own mind up. I bet you can't wait to see her at her first communion. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

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  17. Lovely post - I think it's so important to allow children to make their own decisions about things like this, guided, but ultimately their own. You must be very proud of her. #WhatstheStory #MagicMoments

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  18. She really is like a princess, can't wait to see her in her dress next year - Madam is doing hers too xx

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