Thursday, January 26, 2012
a question for you
Those of you that attend church and have children what do you do to keep them quiet during the service?
A few Sundays into attending a very, very small church (we doubled the attendance and I'm not even joking) after failed attempts at shushing a loud/inquisitive child and then having him, in turn, hush the pastor we gave up. No amount of picture Bibles, prayer books, snacks or pen and paper occupied him for more than five minutes before I or T had to wait outside with him. (There was no other option!) We also had a newborn to deal with and the handful of regular members of the church routinely had to adjust their hearing aids or tell the pastor to speak up at the beginning of each sermon. This made for an awkward morning for our much younger family, although everyone was kind and always said how much they liked seeing us.
So, this coming Sunday we are thinking of trying out a new church and I'm more than a little worried that (ohmygosh) we will have to endure a lot more attention than the always pleasant "Hi, we're new! I will never remember your name, but you seem nice! Can we sit in the very back?" meet and greet. I am already dreading introductions and the inevitable "shake your neighbors hand" thing. (Please don't let them do this.) I guess I'm little nervous.
Your suggestions on what to pack as quiet activities/attention grabbers will be so very much appreciated, as well as any advice on how to prepare them for the quiet time that they will likely have to endure.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
P.S. Ages are 5, 3.5 and 2.