My dad is a pastor. Every Sunday for 33 years he has started his sermon with these words, “Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.”
And to this day I can still hear the pouch of fruit snacks crinkling and taste those little fruity bites. Why? Because my mom believed in getting my sisters and me to church and she utilized worship with littles tip #9 – “Always Bring Snacks”.
I don’t think I know a mom of littles who doesn’t travel nearly anywhere without a snack. Don’t let church be the place you go without one! I may have forgotten my daughter’s pacifier a time or two (not my finest hour), but you better believe I have snacks when we go to church.
I doubt you need reasons to bring snacks to church, but in case you do here are a few of my favorites – reasons, not snacks.
Snacks make noises muffled. Warning, you might get sprayed with wet cheesy cracker pieces. Maybe that’s just us… pro-tip, also always pack baby wipes.
Snacks might help you avoid a hangry meltdown. Realize that worship will likely fall on either a naptime or a snack time. It helps to be prepared and it buys you a little extra time before lunch. Bonus, maybe a snack will help you avoid dragging or hauling a red-faced kicking and screaming little person out of church.
Snacks help your child make friends with other toddlers who are also having snacks. My daughter and her little friend seem to live by the “what’s mine is yours and what’s yours in mine” motto. Almost every week they just swap snack cups altogether or they switch parents and we sit feeding each other’s kids. My daughter has also been known to help herself to her friends’ open diaper bag in search of snacks that aren’t hers (because it’s always better when it isn’t yours).
God and food go well together. God created us with a need and desire to eat. We see Him feeding His people all throughout the Bible, or instituting festivals and feasts that involve eating. He fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. He made manna and quail appear in a desert on a daily basis. He gave us Himself in Holy Communion. He even talks about the marriage feast we’ll be part of in heaven one day. Giving your kiddo a snack during church just might help them sit for a few minutes and hear that powerful Word spoken to them.
Keep this in mind, too. Jesus quoted Scripture when He told the devil that “man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
Please don’t let something as small as snack time keep you from going to church. Take a snack along. You and your child need to be fed in a much bigger, much more life-giving way. Let your little have a food snack while you feast on God’s Word together in worship. Let God fill your souls with His good food of grace, mercy, peace and forgiveness. Strength for facing all that the new week has to offer. Patience for all the other hangry tantrums you’ll face between now and next Sunday. God has good things for you and your little and is anxious to share His snack cup with you. What’s His is yours!