Here is a link to a beautiful post encouraging parents to keep their children in the worship service along with the rest of the people of God. It is entitled, “Dear Parents with Young Children in Church.” The author is a mom and pastor’s spouse. (Thank you, Ed Boyce, for posting the link!)
Click on the title to read the whole thing. Here’s an excerpt: “I know you’re wondering, is this worth it? Why do I bother? I know you often leave church more exhausted than fulfilled. But what you are doing is so important. When you are here, the church is filled with a joyful noise. When you are here, the Body of Christ is more fully present.
“When you are here, we are reminded that this worship thing we do isn’t about Bible Study or personal, quiet contemplation but coming together to worship as a community where all are welcome, where we share in the Word and Sacrament together.When you are here, I have hope that these pews won’t be empty in ten years when your kids are old enough to sit quietly and behave in worship. I know that they are learning how and why we worship now, before it’s too late. They are learning that worship is important.”
Amen, amen, amen!
Here are links to two resources on the subject on the Episcopal website LeaderResources:
“Welcoming Children in the Church,” a brochure to help parents and children worship together.
- Dear Parents with Young Children in Church (rowsofsharon.com)