Dear Parents and Caregivers of Young Children in Church,

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE. You are welcome in the sanctuary. You are welcome in the “cry” room. You are welcome in the greeting area. You are welcome at Dutilh Church.

We want to hear your baby’s screeches and your toddler’s questions and your five-year-old telling her sister, “Stop touching me!” during everyone else’s quiet moment of prayer. Those sounds mean our church is alive and thriving and vibrant and real.

We know you are tired and maybe struggling this morning. We know your experience of worship may not be quite as contemplative or reflective as your pre-kid churchgoing. We know it’s not easy to get little people fed, dressed, out the door, into the car, and into the church. But you are here anyway.

You are here. You are an inspiration to this church. You are teaching your children that church matters, even when it’s hard. You are demonstrating your love for God by caring enough to bring your babies and young children here each week. You are showing love for your child by giving them a place to connect with the Lord. You are offering the gift of your family’s presence today as a sign of tangible love to this faith community.

This season of life is not easy, but it offers moments of joy. Your presence here, now—with loud, messy, fussy little people in tow—means our church is alive and that we have a future. Thank you for the gift of showing up with your children today. You are welcome here.

Sincerely,

Your Dutilh Church Family

Sarah Hogue, director of children’s ministry, and Bud Fickley, director of student ministry, bless some of Dutilh’s children during a Sunday service.

Sarah Hogue, director of children’s ministry, and Bud Fickley, director of student ministry, bless some of Dutilh’s children during a Sunday service.

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