“Not having children in your church is a far more deafening sound than the noisiest child. Be thankful you have children in your church.”
That was a post I read on Facebook recently. A friend of ours had an uncle from Germany visit their church in metro Detroit.
He couldn’t get over all the children he saw. He said churches in Germany have no children.
Recently I read of a pastor in Tennessee who stopped the service to have a woman escorted out because of the noise her baby was making. Let me say this – children are gold. We love children. Yes, we must be sensitive and courteous, but we must be tolerant and loving as well. Chairs in the back foyer are available if a child is being disruptive. When I first started ministry, all moms put their kids in the nursery or childcare.
That’s not true anymore. I don’t know what caused the change.
Some parents like to involve their children in the worship service. I am thankful for our nurseries. We seek to keep them clean and well-staffed, but if a parent wants to keep their child with them in the service that’s a parental decision we respect.
Like I said, “children are gold.”
Pray for our parents. This is a tough day in which to raise children. There have always been challenges each and every generation face. We are thankful for every child here – humbled to be a part of their formative years. What a privilege we as a church have in investing in the next generation.