Jennifer McKenzie, blogger of The Reverend Mother, has written a great reflection decrying the scheduling of youth sports activities on Sunday mornings. It was picked up and repeated at The Episcopal Cafe. I encourage you to read it.
I offered the following response at both locations.
Right On! Jennifer, this is a battle I’ve been fighting for decades, both as parent (with kids involved in soccer and then later involved in marching band competition) and as a parish priest. I’ve even done parish adult education presentations on the lasting beneficial effects of an early and strong faith commitment vs. the ephemeral benefits of youth sports competition. (There’s plenty of research out there to firmly support the proposition that our children are much better off in college and later life if they go to church on Sundays instead of the soccer field!) Alas….
But keep it up. “On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the soccer stadium will not prevail against it.”
It’s good to know that I’m not the only one fighting the good fight in favor of kids being at church on Sunday mornings!