Sunday, September 13, 2009

This Weeks Service - Two Tumbs Up, Two Thumbs Down

Let me first preface this blog by saying I thought this weeks service at VWS was fantastic. However, I had a friend with me today who had a slightly different opinion. His name is Michael and he has been living on this planet for four years now. Before that he didn't exist because he is only four years old. I warned him that he probably wouldn't enjoy the service but he insisted. After the first song he looked up at me and said, "That was a good song, I liked it." But as soon as the second song started he looked back up and said with a look of dismay, "Another song?" After the third song he wanted to know if we were going to sing forever. Finally all of the songs were over and he asked "Are we going to watch a movie now?" When I told him that some guy was going to talk to us now he wasn't thrilled. During the short video clip he kept asking, "What's funny, what are you laughing at?" Eventually Michael fell asleep.

I know a guy who once told me that he thought that we were doing church incorrectly. Everyone should be in the same service he said. Separating the parents and the children is the wrong way to do things. I told him, "Ok, I guess we will just have to eliminate adult church and all the adults can come to kids church." Ryan, Jon, I give today's service two thumbs up. Unfortunately my rating is negated by Michael's two thumbs down. Better luck next week.

7 comments:

Kelly said...

I would venture to say your friend is Catholic? I used to feel the same way. But now I have recovered from this way of thinking.

Fran said...

Haha! Yeah, I was thinking the same thing about your friend. That is a Catholic thing. It makes sense for the purposes of the Catholic mass but it wouldn't make sense for VWS. How come Michael didn't want to go to Pre-school?

DanThoms said...

Strangely my friend is not Catholic. I think he is just idealistic and childless.

DanThoms said...

Michael already went to pre-school once so he decided he would like to sit with me. The kids tried to get me to stay for a third service and I was like no way. I thought the service was fantastic two times but three is excessive. I'm no fanatic :)

Fran said...

You could have sat out in the courtyard with us during 2nd service.

Not Too Old said...

We have children in our service - not Catholic, Presbyterian. But I will admit that as a parent I often wish my son could be somewhere I didn't have to listen to him complain about being bored.

melanie said...

Jack sits with us and does not go to kids church about 99% of the time. I think if we want kids to be part of the 'adult' service, we need to adjust our expectations of kids a bit, and relax our expectations of ourselves as well.
Michael probably would have given half a thumbs-up this week with the Lion King video though.