Well, turns out they were talking about a large-group church service for children, which I'll refer to here on as "Kids Church". I still think my answer was correct. But it's a popular concept in churches these days, to have an entire church service dedicated to children under 12. Think of church services for adults (worship songs, sermon, tithe/offering, etc.), but for kids. Mom and dad go into another part of the building -- or if it's a giant church, perhaps another building altogether -- and have their church service; kids have their own. All this hardly seems worth mentioning as virtually all protestant churches these days have a kids program along these lines. It's just assumed that it exists.
But this is actually a new concept in church history. For the first 1800+ years or so of Christian church history, church for kids largely revolved around sitting with mom and dad during adult services. It's only in the last, perhaps, 150 years that this concept of "church for kids" came into being. So, like, where did it come from? I decided to sniff around. There are ample books on end regarding teen ("youth") and adult church, but not a single collective source of information for children's church! I checked out many of the big retailers online, asked children's pastors across the country, and have put the word out. I'm fairly confident there's not even so much as a blog with such historical resources. (That said, if I missed one you know about - please pass it my way!)
So I've decided to take on the project. The hope is to provide a resource to children's workers that will give us a sense of "where we've come from" so we'll be able to know "where we're going." Thanks to the generosity of many children's leaders, there are many research projects in the pipeline: interviews, archives, conversations, etc.! I'm way excited! And I can't wait to share the findings.
And along those lines, if you have any information, contacts, leads, authors, etc. - pass them my way! I'd love to include it. Stay tuned for the next post!