I read an article over the weekend in the Charlotte Observer about a mother that took her 17-month-old to a gathering at a church for the first time. This mother explained her dilemma of attending the gathering with such a young child and refused to accept the modern idea of nursery for her child because she feared she would also end up in the nursery.
The thing about this article that caught my attention is that I believe this mother represents a lot of mothers out there with young children. She expresses the desire to be part of a community of believers, but feels this sense of isolation from the community because of her young child.
Why? Should she feel this way? No, but I believe that he dilemma most likely comes from within the church. It comes from an attitude of not interrupting the sacred service of a Sunday morning church service because after all that's what its all about, right?
I am not against or for children's church, I think a lot of that will depend on your context. But I did come across a church recently, a very large and well known church that actually will not allow you to take a child into their worship "experience" with you unless you get special permission for a child under six months old (if it's granted).
Yes, many churches offer great children's ministries or forms of entertainment for your children so that you and all the other adults will not be bothered during your worship experience, but is it really all about that? Should a mother have to wait until their child is a certain age to feel like they can attend a gathering without being ridiculed?
Post your thoughts below and let me know whether or not you think you should be allowed to attend a church gathering with small children and tell me why.