Sunday, September 17, 10:10 a.m.
Parents of young children and interested members are invited to participate in a special September 17 meeting on our nursery program. There will be a discussion on changes due to under-utilization and a Vestry 2017 budget mandate. Beginning October 1, the nursery will be open as a space for families with young children, but without nursery staff. Below are some of the ways this change can become a virtue in a necessity.
(1) Trinity should reflect on a growing movement in the Church concerning the participation of very young children in services. In his article, “If You Don’t Hear Crying, The Church Is Dying,” Tony Alexiou writes, “Some people will honestly become frustrated by noisy children in church. They have this warped idea that reverence includes absolute silence. It doesn’t. When parents brought their children to Jesus, the disciples rebuked them (Matt. 19.13-15), but Jesus rebuked His disciples. He said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
(2) Trinity should consider how volunteers might be able to offer essential nursery coverage on an as-needed basis.
(3) Trinity should weigh a modest investment in the nursery facility that would better support its occasional use by parents of young children. For instance, there could be an audio feed allowing parents to remain engaged in the service while attending to the needs of their children.
(4) Trinity should upgrade the facilities available for parents and children in the cathedral nave so that they offer an outlet for restless youngsters.
You may have other ideas. Please join this most vital conversation on September 17 about how to serve Trinity’s youngest parishioners and their families.