Church Closes Nursery After Learning Workers Separate Children From Parents
St. Mark's A.M.E. Church has decided to shutter its nursery ministry after learning that the workers were separating children from their parents before the services. This is in direct response to the revelation that children and adults are separated for processing after being caught sneaking across the American border.
Minister Ruth Jackson explains the change in church policy. "We discovered that children's workers had a system where they were taking babies from their parents, assigning them numbered tags, and then sending the parents on to church. Often times the babies were left crying for their mothers. Some of us on the leadership board got together and said, this has to stop. We do not want to be a place that is known for separating family members."
It turns out the children were kept in a separate room from their parents for up to two hours if the Spirit was moving. The workers would force them to do things like play games, sing songs, and nap. Minister Jackson said the children were often given cookies and koolaid. "Koolaid?!? They were giving the kids Koolaid! Have they not heard of Jonestown? The whole things was a scandal waiting to happen. We just couldn't let it go on like this."
As with the current American immigration policy, the church nursery had been doing this for decades, but it didn't raise any objection until the current attendant took over. Apparently 40-50 years ago there would be dozens of children separated from their parents at a time. But Ruth says things have changed over the last 20 years. "We may only have two or three children on a given Sunday, and one of those is the nursery attendant's child. So it was probably time to end the nursery program anyway."
In related news, St. Mark's considered cancelling Vacation Bible School (VBS) this year for the same reason, but decided to simply change its policy and require that all parents stay with their children for the five-day event. VBS director Wilma Hardesty says that the policy change will probably result in the lowest turnout in VBS history, "But at least we won't end up on CNN or MSNBC."