Rev. Jeremy Smith is a dad and a UMC pastor in Portland, Oregon. He also writes the blog “Hacking Christianity”. This week he wrote about crying babies in church. Give it a read here:
We have LOTS of babies… and toddlers… and preschoolers and elementary age students, and even quite a few intermediate school students and teenagers! One of the greatest blessings at Faith UMC is all the children. It is important in a community with so many young children to talk about worship and children. So here are a few questions for discussion for this week.
1. If you are the parent of a baby, what is your experience at Faith UMC? Do you feel welcome? Stressed? Anxious? Comfortable with your child in worship?
2. What, if anything, would you change about worship at Faith UMC so that parents of babies and toddlers would be able to have a positive worship experience?
3. This school year 5th and 6th graders have a Sunday school class at 9:30 and at 11:00 they are encouraged to attend worship with their parents. Students at this age don’t cry like babies and are ready to participate fully in worship – but parents may still struggle. What is your experience of worship with middle school students? Is there anything that might help your family worship experience?
4. As pastors, we love seeing families worshiping together and don’t mind babies in worship. We are encouraged to see so many students involved in our music program. What would YOU love to see in worship at Faith UMC? How would you like to be involved in worship ?
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Peace!