The Baby Show

Humanist Namings are still relatively unknown given that half the UK population describe themselves as not religious. Many parents want to mark the occasion of their child’s arrival and to assign friends in the “godparent” role, but don’t know that there’s a non-religious option. Last weekend we took a stand at the Baby Show at ExCel London to try and build awareness of Humanist Namings and get the word out about how great a bespoke, non-religious ceremony from a Humanists UK celebrant can be.

The stand was organised by Lottie Holmes with the backing of Humanists UK and I went along to help out on Saturday afternoon.

My colleagues  Felicity Harvest  (left) and  Lottie Holmes  at our beautiful stand.

My colleagues Felicity Harvest (left) and Lottie Holmes at our beautiful stand.

We handed out leaflets, chatted to parents, grandparents and friends and said ‘hey’ to some extremely cute babies. We also ran a competition to win a free ceremony, the results of which will be announced shortly.

The stand was so busy we gave up trying to keep track of how many people we’d spoken to. There were definitely a lot of parents who were keen to know more about alternatively to baptisms and other religious ceremonies.

Lottie and me - chatting to an enthusiastic mum.

Lottie and me - chatting to an enthusiastic mum.

Overall it was a great experience and one I hope to be able to repeat soon.