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Waffle Church– It’s A Real Thing!

Dec 16, 2015

In the spring of 2015, I took my then three and a half year-old son to a small church near our home in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. The pews were sparsely populated by an aging congregation, as so many are these days. There were no other children; no Sunday school; no children’s message. Prepared for this, I had packed an arsenal­ toy cars, goldfish, crayons, more goldfish, and, for emergency use only, my iPhone.


Henry fidgeted; he asked questions; he rustled the bulletin; he dropped his metal cars on the wooden pews and the sound reverberated through the empty sanctuary. This was in the first five minutes. Beads of sweat formed on my brow. I shushed. I pleaded. Please sit still. Please be quiet. My three year ­old did the best a three year ­old can do under those circumstances. I did not. I was so worried about disturbing the worship of the adults around us that I paid no attention to what was taking place in front of me.


...And then came the waffles…


Waffle Church began this past July, when Emily Scott, pastor of St. Lydia’s Dinner Church and Co­Working Space, asked if I might be willing to help her church create a Sunday morning, all­ages, worship service. St. Lydia’s is a progressive, GLBTQ­ affirming congregation where life is lived out, literally, around the table. Sharing a meal is a tradition from the earliest days of the church— one that is now revived each Sunday and Monday evening at Dinner Church, and now, once a month on Sunday mornings at Waffle Church.


Read the full blog post from A Child Grows in Brooklyn...