Combine children and church and sometimes the results can be hilarious. Our own experience came when one of our sons was about seven. During Christmas instead of going to our usual children’s mass, we inadvertently took the family to a High Mass. The mass had everything–an orchestra, singing and incense. About halfway through the mass at the moment when everything and everyone was hushed, our seven-year old piped up: “I can’t stand the incest any more.”
Of course everyone turned and looked at us. Needless to say, I was mouthing “He means the incense.” People smiled and chuckled and Children’s Protective Services were not at the door to meet us.
Here’s another story told by Mother Elizabeth Kaeton:
Preachers run some risk when they involve their young parishioners during a service, especially those who are devotees of TV. A Baptist pastor was presenting a children’s sermon. During the sermon, he asked the children if they knew what the resurrection was. Now, asking questions during children’s sermons is crucial, but at the same time, asking children questions in front of a congregation can also be very dangerous.Having asked the children if they knew the meaning of the resurrection, a little boy raised his hand.
The pastor called on him and the little boy said, “I know that if you have a resurrection that lasts more than four hours you are supposed to call the doctor.”
It took over ten minutes for the congregation to settle down enough for the service to continue.
Finally, I read the following two anecdotes at http://gatewaytojesus.com/humorouschurchstories.html
A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, and looked at the old pages as he turned them. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed between the pages.
‘Momma, look what I found,’ the boy called out.
‘What have you got there, dear?’ his mother asked.
With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered: ‘I think it’s Adam’s suit!
Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother Joel were sitting together during church services. Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had enough.
‘You’re not supposed to talk out loud in church.’
‘Why? Who’s going to stop me?’ Joel asked.
Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, ‘See those two men standing by the door? They’re hushers.’