About once a week someone comes up to apologize for something that happened during the worship service.
“Sorry my cell phone went off.” (I once had to apologize to myself for this.)
“Sorry about my eyelids being kinda heavy.” (Apology not accepted.)
“Sorry I kept glaring at you and shaking my head and pointing to my watch.” (I forgive you, irate nursery worker.)
By far the most frequent apology I get is, “Sorry about my baby crying during the worship service. I was so embarrassed.”
Let me offer two words of encouragement for you disrupters of the service in general. First, I probably didn’t notice whatever it is for which you are apologizing. I'm pretty busy up there. Second, if I did notice, I almost definitely didn’t know it was you.
Let me also say this as a word of encouragement for the parents of young ones in our congregation: I'm grateful for crying babies! We are so glad you are here!
When I hear the sounds of babies in the worship service, I thank God that He has blessed our church with so many little ones. The sounds of young voices expressing their displeasure, while certainly occasionally distracting, encourage our church by revealing that there is life in this place.
Imagine what a church with no children would sound like. Imagine the still silence of a lifeless church.
I’m not advocating that you pinch your children to help them announce their presence. And I definitely think it is wise for parents to remove screaming children from the worship service until they calm down (the children, that is). I also think it is often helpful for parents to use our nursery ministry for children when it is convenient for their family.