I’ve been wrestling with a decision.
In our church on occasion, we use the overhead projector for songs that aren’t in the hymnal. The projector is high enough for me to see the words (usually), but not our children. When they were little, it was easy to hold them so they could see (even though they weren’t reading). Now, they’re too big, really, to hold, even though they could and should be reading and singing. Instead, they stand and fidget.
Should I let them stand on the pew for these songs?
Normally I say no. But I’m starting to rethink this. The reason I don’t is primarily because it seems a church culture faux pas. I can’t think of another good reason (they might fall? they might get the pew dirty?)
If you happen to have a church that is discussing using an overhead projector, consider the children. The screen may not be high enough for everyone to see. You could all sit for those songs, if they happen infrequently. Or you could print out a supplement handouts. Or you could make a more permanent supplement of songs you sing frequently.