May be I would like to have a new category : Sunday photos and thoughts.....Here is my first..
My church has a creche to help parents who find it easier to worship in this special way. They need to take care of their little babies and at the same time come to worship on Sunday without feeling encumbered. It is terrible to be "hushed" in church because our child is making noise in the main worship area.
Good thoughts came to me as I observe these parents and little children....
Indeed it is important to present children to God (which ever religion you have) and they will grow in wisdom and love. Children who are brought early to the place of worship learn to love God early. That seed is planted in them and would soon germinate in their soul.
Parents play an important role in bringing up their children properly. No one can deny that. The church provides toys and soft landing for the children. Mothers sit comfortably on the floor if they like in this space. Babies can cry freely and the church cannot hear the cries.
Mothers and fathers sit on a bench and listen to the sermon. The creche has a loudspeaker.
Here the child is allowed freedom to move around. Kids cannot be expected to sit still for two hours!! It is not their nature! The creche is colourful and welcoming.
An important observation from a young man : "Each week as I observe the young parents looking after their children I think that if all parents are like them we will have no juvenile delinquency!"
Another young lady said to me" Aunty I dream that one day I will have a happy family and be able to bring my baby here..."
It is important for adults to set a good example. Good parenting speaks volumes. And this knowledge of good parenting is passed from one generation to the next ...our human endeavour.
Scenes like this gives people hope for the future.
P/S Some churches even arrange for a group of dedicated volunteers to look after the little children while the young parents can worship together in the main worship area. that's a good thought)