02 May 2012

The good old days

Father Beisel reminds us that our great-grandparents probably knew what they were doing, even when it came to order in the pews.

8 comments:

Melody said...

I never thought about the nursing-mom-thing, although I nursed all of mine. It was a little uncomfortable, sometimes. But I was always pointed to the nursery, "Because we pipe the service into there." Not. The. Same. Wonder what would happen if this custom was explained in this way and restarted?

Gayle Wilson said...

Interesting - never heard of that either. Makes sense.

I think the problem with re-visiting now would be the women get all the kid issues. And it's hard enough to worship as it is. It's nice to have the men folk occasionally remove the rowdy child. Though I guess we could just text the men's side and say, "hey, do you not hear your spawn over here? Do something!"

Elizabeth said...

Brilliant! Can we do this, like now? I hate having to leave church to nurse C.

Gauntlets said...

Elizabeth: I'm with you. I can't seem to make nursing in church work for me, but I'm so sad every time I have to hoof it out of the sanctuary the moment baby snurfles. :P

Gayle: I've got all the kids with me anyway, so I didn't really think of that. :D

Melody: You're right. Those pipes aren't very churchy. :(

Rebekah said...

Huh. Huh.

Cathy said...

All of us Mothers know that feeling of wanting desperately to stay in the meeting as long as we can, especially after feeling pretty isolated at home all week. But alas, we pack it up and head to the back door of the sanctuary. Part of the vocation of motherhood, I guess.

Angela said...

I have to admit I don't get the problem with nursing in church...this is what my pastor sees:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/cpkn73c

If you feel more comfortable leaving, then do so - but you shouldn't feel like you have to exit.

Leah said...

Does anyone else's baby have a knack for acting up so you have to take her out JUST before Communion? Never fails. It feels like it's a conspiracy sometimes. Really!