Just as the priest utters the Words of Institution to mark Christ’s presence in the Eucharist, it often feels that people all over the Episcopal church want to believe that uttering the phrase “families with young children” will somehow make their presence manifest as well.
At first, I must admit that the change from a beautiful, historic sanctuary to a much more modest one was disconcerting. There’s a lot you lose when you don’t have pews. I miss kneeling during parts of the service. It’s harder to snuggle children close and hold hands with your spouse. Chairs are meant for meetings, while pews invite worship. I’ve discovered, however, that there are some significant things churches gain with those utilitarian chairs.