Wise and sensible thoughts from Revd Claire. Over here.
Maybe one of the reasons some churches don't have children is because childish behaviour is only welcomed in the PCC, and not during the services? Complaining that kids should be like those 100 years ago, who stayed rooted to their pew throughout and knew Matins off by heart, doesn't really help. These kids aren't 105 years old, and there's many fewer of them per family than there were in years gone by. This seems to make them less compliant than the angelic, docile children of the past. Good.