Growing up, I well-remember sitting through many a sermon kept quiet by a bag of Cherrios and a box of Tic Tacs.
This week Huffington Post mom blogger and self-described “hippy pastor’s wife” Jamie Bruesehoff wrote a highly-read column called “Dear Parents With Young Children in Church” about all the reasons she believes children’s presence adds to worship services.
Of beleaguered parents struggling with too-loud kids in the pews, she writes:
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 10 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.
In an interview after the column ran, she said one thing her Lutheran church does to mollify squirmy babes is provide snacks during worship.
What do you think?