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Guidance

Discussion in 'LCMS / WELS / ELS / LCC' started by TKA_TN, May 23, 2020 at 3:55 PM.

  1. TKA_TN

    TKA_TN Member

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    My wife and I joined a LCMS church a few years ago in our city. We had been searching for a little while. I hadn’t really studied Lutheranism, but the more I did and the more we’ve been involved at the church, I’ve never had Christianity “make sense” until Lutheranism.

    Fast forward to now, we have a young daughter and another child on the way and we’ve started thinking about Sunday school, nurseries, etc. Here’s where the issue arrises. There are not a lot of children in the church, maybe 6-7 our daughter’s age. The nursery doesn’t seem “safe” like some of the churches we both grew up in (much larger churches). My wife thinks we need to find a new church for the kids’ sake, but I don’t necessarily want to compromise on theology just for the kids to potentially have more friends at church.

    Anyone ever face an issue like this? How did you resolve it? Thanks in advance for any guidance, advice.
     
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  2. Tolworth John

    Tolworth John Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Your first option is always to talk to those running the church and the nursery.

    It doesn't seem safe is very vague? How is it unsafe, does left open, guns left lying around, known child abusers working there.

    Raise your concerns and talk with them and talk about the response.
     
  3. TKA_TN

    TKA_TN Member

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    That was vague on the safety part, apologies.

    There are just 2 women, don’t know how well toys are cleaned and every time we’ve walked by, the women are just talking and not watching the 4-5 kids in there.

    Personally, it doesn’t bother me much, but it does bother my wife and if she’s not comfortable, then I’m not comfortable.

    Church is opening back up first week of June so we’ll talk with someone then.
     
  4. Tolworth John

    Tolworth John Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You don't need to wait untill then, ask who is in charge of the crèche, the name and phone/email of the elder/deacon responsible for it and contact them after your on line church service.
    Volunteer to join the rota and to be part of the task force deep cleaning All of the church.

    You want to know how often it is planned that the toys, tables, chairs etc will be cleaned.

    While you are doing this check out how the other churches are dealing with hygiene following the virus.
     
  5. Shane R

    Shane R Priest Supporter

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    6-7 kids your daughters' age is a goodly number in a liturgical Protestant church. Consider that having a smaller group of peers could lead to a closer group. Also, larger churches are going to have many procedural elements to plan out over the next year or so to comply with government mandates while being open.

    Ultimately, you need to take a little time to self examine. Do you have it in you to be the change you want to see? Do you want to serve while being served?
     
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