Saturday, August 04, 2007

Spring Valley

The pseudo-family atmosphere of church also complicates the discipline issue. Although you know many of the families in your church, regulating their children's behavior may feel uncomfortable. Ginger Davis was serving as the team worship leader one Sunday at her Episcopal church. "Children were darting in and out the entire time, and finally, during the prayers of the people, which last about five minutes, I asked the ushers not to let any children into the sanctuary. The kids could go out, but they couldn't return until the prayers were concluded," says Davis. She got an earful from annoyed parents afterward.

Something similar happend to us at the Spring Valley Corps. There was no nursery worker, and we had Christopher and Christina with us, I think. A woman (a transferred soldier-officer, this was shortly after THQ moved to Rockland County) yelled at us about them. We left and never went back. When we moved to Maine and transferred our soldiership some time later, the Corps Officer had the audacity to cross out the words "in good standing" from the transfer form!

MT 19:13 Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
MT 19:14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

MK 9:36 He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."


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