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I have been going to the same church for about 3 years.  I like the people and the pastor but unfortunately there are hardly any children.  And I have two small kids.  It is a Methodist church with 2 charges.  One has NO kids and no Sunday school and the other has maybe 2 or 3 other kids besides my own and Sunday school on a very irregular basis.  I’m seriously considering leaving this church because of that.  It is important that my kids attend Sunday school but this church just isn’t consistent with it and I haven’t seen any new families with kids join lately.  Would you leave a church over this?




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 16, 2011
    • Most definitely!!!  I truly believe that children should be attending church.  Of course it’s not a 100% safety net that your children will go down the right path and never do anything wrong....but it sure does make the chances greater if they do grow up in church.  It’s important for everyone in the family to feel welcomed and to fit in.




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      Tuliplady wrote Oct 16, 2011
    • If you really like the church, check around the community and see if perhaps another church has an after school church program, so you can still attend the church you like.

      My church has no sunday school because there are no kids in church to attend, but we have a fantastic turn out for “Wednesday School”  which is basically sunday school on wednesday afternoon.

      OR volunteer to get the sunday school program going.  I was a sunday school teacher for many, many, many years and nothing irritated me more than parents who expected there to be sunday school but were unwilling to participate or help out in any way.  (not saying you are that sort of parent- just sharing my experience)




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      Daphne wrote Oct 17, 2011
    • I’m with Tuliplady on this one.  Talk to the “powers that be” and find out what is necessary to get something going.  Maybe talk to the parents of the one family with children.




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      Marya1961 wrote Oct 17, 2011
    • heartheartto Tulip!




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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Oct 17, 2011
    • I agree with Tulip completely heart The children should be top priority for the Church. They are our future and it’s important for them.
      Offering services for the Church might be just what’s needed to get them excited about Children’s Church.




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 17, 2011
    • I agree trying to get a program started is good...but if you don’t have any children attending that church..it’s hard to do.  If there were more children...then by all means volunteer and get something GOOD going.  But it’s hard to do when there are not many children at all attending.  

      Maybe if you offered something different that other churches do not...it might be attractive to other parents...and they will bring their children. And they start going too.  

      We have seen this happen at our church a lot!!




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      Diane17 wrote Oct 17, 2011
    • You know what’s interesting is that their annual Vacation Bible School is well attended.  I helped out with that and I think about 20 kids attended but then the kids just disappear!

      I should mention too that out of the three other kids that attend, 2 and maybe all 3 are already in middle school!  My kids are definitely the youngest in the group.  I hate to say it but I just see the Sunday school program fizzling out in the future...




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