Drop off or drop out? What does your church do with kids who just show up without a parent or other adult?
I was a drop-off kid. There was something in my heart that longed to be in church, but my family was unchurched. So God bless my mom…she dropped me off or allowed me to walk to church, and eventually joined me there.
Over the last few years, I’ve heard of a trend that churches won’t allow kids to attend church if they’re not accompanied by a parent or a guardian of some sort. That’s what inspired one of our polls at childrensministry.com.
We asked people to respond to this statement: We allow kids without parents at church:
- Always–40 people
- Never–4 people
- Only the first time–1 person
- Other–2 people
Just makes me wonder where I’d be today if the folks at the churches I attended unchaperoned would’ve turned me away. And, yes, I know there are security concerns and it’s a different world today. Surely we can figure out the ins and outs of the security issues to indeed “let the children come.”
If you’d like to read more about this topic, go to “Are Drop-Off Kids Welcome at Your Church?”