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A note to parents with wiggly children

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  1. Avatar Joanne Goforth says:

    I agree 100%. My shorter version is as follows: I smile when I hear children in the sanctuary during worship service. I may even turn to let you see me smiling. I’m so happy to know that there are children in church.

  2. Avatar Amy Rasmussen says:

    God bless you.

  3. Avatar Amy Rasmussen says:

    God bless you. Keep up the Spirit guided work.

  4. Avatar Holly Griebenaw says:

    Thank you dearly for this very insightful post. I’m one of those mamas in the pew, and am solo as the pastor’s wife. My 3-year-old son is so strong willed, and a wildcard on Sunday, and I have another son on the way. I’m the only one in an aging congregation with little ones. This was a wonderful, encouraging reminder of why us parents can and must continue to bring our littles to church, even when it feels that it’s all for naught (which of course, is never the case 🙂 Recently, out of the blue, my son started verbally responding on and off throughout the liturgy – what a true blessing that was to see the beginnings of the fruit of God’s good and gracious work in him. In Christ, Solo Mama

  5. Avatar Earl Hubler says:

    I wish all L.C.M.S. congrations had so many baby’s and and children making noise that the pastor needed a bullhorn !!!! ( Bring the little children unto me [it is written)

  6. Avatar Amanda says:

    I disagree 100% It is NOT a luxury to have a church that provides infant and toddler care during the service.
    It is a sign of a lazy church when they don’t help struggling parents. We are here for everyone in the congregation. We need to lift up our parents of young children and let them know we support them. By not offering a support system such as childcare during the service, we are stating, WHO CARES, struggle through the service, we don’t care.
    I have been there for six years. As a parent of an ADHD child, I struggled to keep her in the seat, keep her voice down, keep her occupied, and I didn’t absorb the service.
    Keep in mind Faith without works is dead. James 2:14-26 Works from faith such as caring for another’s child so they can be present in a service, allows us to share our faith and support, in God’s eyes.