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Mum furious after son omitted from church event because she’s unmarried

A single mother of a one year and half year-old boy is furious after her church refused to dedicate her son to God.

The Mombasa woman, called Shiko (Wanjiku), told Nairobi News that she was notified by the church at the last minute that her son will be left out of the ceremony because she is umarried.

This was despite the fact that she has been a member of the church for more than four years and attended classes for the ceremony.

SYMBOLIC CEREMONY

In Protestant denominations, child dedication is a symbolic ceremony undertaken by parents intended to be a declaration that they will train their children in the christian faith and seek to instill that faith in them.

“The church pastor’s wife called me in her office and asked me why I was single and where the father’s baby was,” she narrated to Nairobi News.

Shiko explained that her baby’s father works in Sudan working and they hope to one day get married.

“All I wanted was to have my baby dedicated to God, but they said they could not do it until they talked to him,” she added.

Shiko said the church insisted on having a one-on-one conversation with her baby’s father when he returns home from Sudan.

WRONG TO GET PREGNANT

“They told me that it was wrong for me to get pregnant yet I was a member of some of the church’s groups. As a young woman I should be teaching them morality and not getting pregnant.”

Shiko vented her frustrations on her social media account before being prevailed upon by her mum to pull the posts down.

This was after the posts drew a backlash from other church members