Following my last post in which me and my kids were made to feel very unwelcome in our church, lots and lots of people sent me this:
TO THE PARENTS OF OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, MAY WE SUGGEST…
Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!
Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on at the altar. They tire of seeing the backs of other’s heads.
Quietly explain the parts of the Mass and actions of the priest, altar servers, choir etc.
Sing the hymns, pray and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behaviour by copying you.
If you have to leave Mass with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said “Let the children come to me.”
Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.
Please let your child use the reverse side of this card to draw and doodle.
TO OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR PARISH
The presence of children is a gift to the church and they are a reminder that our parish is growing.
Please welcome our children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents.
If you see a parent struggling, please offer to help them!
Isn’t that great?! I have taken the liberty of typing it up and adding a smiley face for you lovely people to download and use in your parishes: