We are shopping for a new church. The one that we had been going to is in our old neighborhood (no longer very convenient to get to) and I wanted the guys to make friends and to get involved in a church where they would actually see those kids during the week… at school, around the neighborhood… wherever.
When the pastor retired last June, we just kind of stopped going there. I’ve been keeping my eye out, but not actively searching. I’m not sure if it is the blogs I’ve been reading or just that it’s weighing on my heart, but now I’m actively looking.
There is a little starter church that meets in the community room at a park around the corner. Perfect. We gave it a try this morning. As we approached the park, we saw that a carnival that had been there yesterday was actually a weekend event and they were setting up again for the day….rides, games, booths, a band, BBQ and a Big! Giant! Slide!
Well of course as we were walking to the church service, Grant spied everything and was hopping with excitement about the slide. The slide! The slide! The slide! We told him, “Possibly after church, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
We went into the community room, checked things out and took Grant to the Sunday School room. Unfortunately, the Sunday School room had a beautiful view of the slide. Handsome Hubby gave Grant a very stern warning about behaving himself and basically if he didn’t shut up about the slide, it wasn’t going to happen for him at all. Grant said he understood and would be a good boy. Devin joined us for the adult service, but Conner and Mitch opted to stay in the Sunday School room with Grant.
After the service, I went to pick up the kids. Grant proudly presented me with a construction paper bookmark that had a bible verse and Grant scribbles on it. A frustrated Conner presented a sequential list of infractions that Grant had committed during Sunday School.
Conner’s List, as written:
- Screams “Be Quiet!”
- Hides behind chair during music
- Says “I’m gonna throw up” during the songs
- Pretends to sleep
- Very big yawn
- Kicked Mitch in the shin
- Big yawn again
- Tried to spit on me
- Made pig noises
- Doesn’t pay attention
- Sighed deeply
- Had to be reminded not to multiple times
- Kept leaving group
- Tried to escape
Needless to say, Grant did not get to go on the slide. In fact, he had to come home and take a nap (something he never does) because he was acting like such a bratty baby.
We had already come to the decision that this church was not the one for us, but Grant clinched the deal. We don’t think the Sunday School teacher would take him back again.