We have been going to different churches attempting to find one around our new area. One thing I have noticed is that if you have a baby – EVERYONE – tells you that they have a nursery (that is, if they have one) and where it is and that I should have no problem leaving my 8 month old with strangers during the entire service. Part of me knows that this is because they are being polite and want us to know, but after so many times it seems almost as if we are being pushed to drop off our baby in a new nursery with people we have never met before! I declined to leave her today, and when I went in the baby nursery half way through the service because Little W was getting a bit antsy, I felt out of place. I know it might not have been her intention, but I got the vibe from the nursery attendant that I was messing with her turf by being there. I guess I just don’t expect people to be so nonchalant about leaving their child with strangers, no matter where or for how long.
Am I crazy about this? At my home church, mothers just go into the nursery with their babies. It also has a little speaker so you can hear the sermon, which I really enjoy and have missed at a few of the churches we have visited. So maybe I am just not used to this larger-church nursery idea. Good thing we humans are adaptable!