The wife came by about a month ago and invited me to go on walks with her in the morning. She threw her church in to the convo several times. Luckily I work at the times she walks so I had a good excuse. Now she's come by today to invite us over for brownies and family game night. Again making sure to drop her church in to the convo again.
You never know, maybe you look such a respectable and upstanding citizen that she is sure you are a big churchgoer, and is over-selling her own Christian credentials so as not to alienate you?
No, not very likely I guess, but you never know. Wouldn't it be a kick if you and they were two atheist families living next to each other but never knowing it because you're all pretending to be Christians?
I'd be inclined to just ignore all the passing references to church. If it ever becomes more explicit, you could always try looking a bit awkward, then saying:
"would you mind if we don't discuss religion or politics? (small smile) They say they're things you should never discuss at dinner parties (look sad) and I lost a good friend because of a minor difference in what we believed (pause briefly and look into distance as if remembering, then "snap" back to present) so I make it a rule now just to keep those subjects private (smile again)"
But then again, like you say, the kids will blurt it all out for you at some poiint anyway!
Neighbours are weird. We've lived in our house for fifteen years. Neighbours on one side we know by name, take in each others post, but I know very little about them. Guys on the other side have been there half a dozen years or more, and I haven't a clue what their names are.....despite the guy working in the same building as me.
But then I'm British, so that's pretty normal for us. Some villages you will be an outsider unless you are at least