We had a fairly full house at church today...which just goes to show you, you can't get too worried about short-term attendance phenomena. About a dozen people also showed up for the new pre-service adult book study, currently working through Velvet Elvis. Maybe people just needed a couple of weeks to dial down from their full-tilt-boogie, weekend-warrior busy-ness.
We also had -- calloo, callay -- lots of happy little kids in church today. One tot whose parents are regulars just loves everything about the service; he's fascinated by all the action front and center and stands watching from the center aisle, all smiles and giggles through worship. Today during the Eucharist I distributed the wafers while our pastor played music; when this little guy came up with his 'rents I made the sign of the cross on his forehead and blessed him, and he just started laughing and running around in circles. Now, how to keep that general attitude alive through the kids' tweens and beyond...that's the challenge.