Aw Harry is sooo cute (cluck cluck)!
Because you quite rightly so
will do what you guys feel is best no matter what is said here and the fact that you yourself opened it up for debate I feel it would be okay to say my bit.
And as always you are quite free to ignore every single word of it
My personal view is I wouldn't and didn't do it. Yes, it's a lovely building (I love visiting churches for their history and structure). Yes, it's a great excuse for a party.
Yes, it welcomes Harry more formally to your family and friends.
You could do a naming ceremony as an alternative, friends of ours have done that. No religion involved and meets all the above.
As a recovering Irish Roman Catholic, now atheist, I envy my partner being brought up free of religion. Completely free. He's not on any churches books anywhere. No-one can claim him as one of their number. And those numbers matter. They are used in all sorts of decision making by national and local governments, community pressure groups etc...
I know its UK specific but as an example of what I mean, have a read of this. All sorts of assumptions are made about what my child needs to have in RE, particularly section '3 The legal framework, rights and responsibilities'.http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/fi ... chools.pdf
I have to disagree with Dotsie (If I understood you right Dotsie, sorry in advance if I didn't!), if you are not religious yourselves then I think you are more likely to regret having your child christened than not as it grows up (unless Armageddon turns out to be true and then you can repent at the last minute anyway
I also agree with Con, let Harry decide for himself. If you don't really care, why force it on him?
Nothing wrong with being seen as odd, better to be odd than a sheep. Who knows you may inspire others to be more true to themselves I'm sure you will have a lovely day no matter what and I hope the weather is nice and sunny for you all!