"Adult members sometimes complain that they cannot pay attention to the sermon, they cannot listen to the beautiful music, when fidgety children are beside them in the pews. 'Send them away.' many adults say. Create 'Children's Church' so that these distracting children can be removed in order that we adults can pay attention.
"Interestingly, Jesus put a child in the center of his disciples, 'in the midst of them,' in order to help them pay attention. The child, in Jesus' mind, was not an annoying distraction. The child was a last-ditch effort by God to help the disciples pay attention to the odd nature of God's kingdom. FEw acts of Jesus are more radical, countercultural than his blessing of children."
- Hauerwas and Willimon, Resident Aliens