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It's an exciting time when someone in your life has a baby. You might enjoy visiting the family to hold the newborn, but another get-together that will excite you is visiting the family's church on the day of the child's christening. If you're an active church member, you've likely been present for a large number of christenings over the years. However, if you don't attend church very often, the christening may be the first time that you'll have walked into a church in a while. Here are some tips that you can use to make the most of visiting the church for an occasion like this.
Confirm The Dress Code
The way that people dress to attend church can vary a lot. At some churches, the majority of the congregation will dress in formal attire. At other places of worship, you'll see jeans and T-shirts. Upon getting invited to the christening, it's a good idea to ask the family what you should wear. You don't want to show up undressed, but being overdressed can feel just as awkward. The family will be able to give you a clear idea of what garments will be appropriate to wear to the church.
Get A Good Seat
Christening ceremonies commonly take place at the front of the church, and you want to be able to see the family and their child during this important occasion. This generally means that you'll want to get a seat as close to the front of the venue as possible. Some churches may reserve seats for guests at christenings, but this isn't always the case. Unless you know that seats are reserved for you, getting to the church well in advance of the start of the service will allow you to secure a spot from which you'll clearly be able to see the christening ceremony.
Keep The Gift In Your Vehicle
Unless the family has specified that they don't want christening gifts, it's common to give a gift to celebrate the occasion. You don't typically need to take the gift into the church, however. It's unlikely that the family would open the gift while at the church, so it's better to leave the gift in your vehicle so that it's not a hindrance during the service. People often hold luncheons or other gatherings after the christening service, and this is the conventional time to offer your gift to the family in recognition of this special day.