The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


God's love in the nursery

Worship isn't the only place children can experience Christian community

Q: Worshiping isn't always easy for my family, which includes an active preschooler and a 7-month-old.

My husband and I usually drop them off in the church nursery on Sunday mornings, but it doesn't always feel right.

I want them to experience worship, but sitting through the entire liturgy is more than they can handle right now. What should I do?

designpicsA: Many churches offer nursery care as an expression of Christian hospitality to families and children.

Although your children might not be alongside you in worship, they can experience God's love through the care of the staff members or volunteers who serve them in the nursery.

Some parents introduce their babies and toddlers to worship by bringing them into the sanctuary for a segment of the service, such as communion or the children's sermon.

Talk to your nursery caregivers about check-in and check-out policies, and consider talking with your pastor about these concerns as well. 


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