Parent's Dropping Off Their Kids & Leaving!

So, I just have to get this off my chest. First, we had an awesome weekend. Kids getting saved, 200 more kids than normal attending, Ministry Partners (volunteers) excited to be serving and ministering, etc. — it was all good!

But then, I have to deal with a parent who has been dropping off her two elementary grades children at Kid Nation and then leaving the church campus. That’s right! She drops her kids off and leaves. How do I know this? Well, she’s not here to pick them up today and no one can get a hold of her. Maybe I fell asleep in class, but I sure don’t remember them teaching us how to deal with this in college. Anyway, it’s just like the enemy to try to bring discouragement after an incredible weekend.

That’s all…just had to say something. I’m going to be having a nice, grace-filled talk with the parents this week of those two boys. Kid’s church is not daycare, the boys and girls club or a convenience; it’s a privilege and an honor to be in the house of God. Oops! There I go again…I better get off this thing…until next time!

PJ

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  1. Playing devils advocate:
    In the old days, kids used to walk to church alone and go to Sunday School without their parents. Or remember the bus ministries? Those picked up kids on the street corners and took them to church for their parents. I’m not saying parents shouldn’t be involved, or that it’s okay for them to use church as daycare, but do you want to pass up an opportunity to invest in two beautifully created lives cause their parents aren’t involved in church.

    1. Excellent advocating! I loved the opportunity to minister to the kids. The only issue I had today was that the parents never came back to pick them up and wouldn’t return phone calls. No one knows them because they’re pretty new to our church. In fact I was just told not too long ago that we ended up having to call the police because we could not contact their parents and we had someone drive by their house with no success. So, it’s definitely not the kids–it’s the parents on this one. If we had an organized ministry where we picked up kids that would be different because we’re doing it and have a system in place. It’s just the times we’re living in, but I’m glad the kids got the Word of God and had fun in church.

      On the flip side I’m totally open to people’s ideas on how to handle something like this. It’s happened to us before. but the parent’s ended up coming back. This is the first time children were left.

      Thanks for your comments! 🙂

      PJ

  2. Did you not have a lawn they could have mowed for you? Take them home and put them to work!

    I think we’ve all had that happen to us before, just don’t hold it against the kid that they have crazies for parents. 🙂

  3. I do have to say, that’s one of my worst nightmares that someone might drop their children off and never come back. You do need to address it with the parents, I’ll be praying for you. If this is a recurring problem, you may need to call social services and let them know what’s happening. They may want to investigate.

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