European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 11, 1999, Darmstadt, HesseSaturday december 11, 1999 stars and stripes Page id Miessau Chapel lets children be children in service by Greg Jones special to stars and stripes Miessau Germany in most churches a hushed and respect Ful silence Falls Over the congregation As the chaplain begins the worship service. In most churches children behave As Best they can and Are quietly reminded by mom and dad when they Don t. In most churches children who make an attempt to wander out of the pews Are quickly ushered out by their parents. The Miessau Chapel in t like most churches. We have a ton of Little children in this Chapel and some people May think it s chaos but if they get Loose during the worship ser vice and Are running around it s of said chaplain capt Terry Jarvis chaplain for the 191st Ord Nance battalion and the Miessau congregation. Nobody gets upset. It s a family oriented child Friendly the child Friendly approach is not limited to services but also includes the congregation s activities. Taking children to the Park to the zoo or on skiing trips Are just some of the activities sponsored by the Chapel. Jarvis said the approach is to concentrate on the children since they Are the focus of the family. If you take care of the Chil Dren the parents will be Fine he said. Apparently this atmosphere appeals strongly enough to some families to draw them to Miessau from across the Kaiserslautern military Community. The draw. We have a ton of Little children in this Chapel and some people May think it s chaos but if they get Loose during the Ivo ship service and Are running around it s Jarvis chaplain according to Jarvis is that the Chapel offers an atmosphere not found very often in worship ser vices and it lets the family Wor ship As a and dads if their Chil Dren have lots of Energy some times worry about taking them to Church Jarvis said. If they re screaming and running up and Down the Halls outside it s atmosphere is so child Friendly that the smaller Church goers sometimes find themselves a part of the have Little tiny crawlers that will crawl All the Way to the front and sometimes i will pick them up and hold them while Iam preaching and then when they want to get Down they get Down jams Chapel in Miessau is fairly new. The congregation has Only had a building they could Call its own for the past 18 months. The had been meeting somewhere congregation renovated the new building themselves. Bor rowing a term from habitat for humanity Jarvis said the Congre gation put in a lot of sweat equity most recent improvement to the Chapel was the addition of Steeple this summer. The wooden Steeple with Copper crosses was built in typical German style. The Steeple serves As a be conto identify the Chapel Jarvis said. Improvements planned forthe future include stained Glass windows and More activities for the children As the Chapel continues to grow and maintain its family oriented theme. Pc. Greg Jones works for the 21st theater support command Public affairs office in Kaiserslautern Germain. A can still earn you one of in the stars Stripe Holiday spirit contest you have till saturday december 11 the to drop off your completed Puzzle entry form to your local Exchange and Register your Opportunity to try to win one of 7 cafes gift certificates missing some or All of the pieces Stop by your Library and copy the missing contest Puzzle pieces from nov. 28th through dec 4th, the Puzzle form ran from nov. 22nd nov. 28th if you need that to get started stars and stripes Reader contests you gotta pay to win stars stripes photos by staff sgt. Clarence Allen 21sttsc Public affairs above the congregation says the future of the Miessau army depot Chapel lies in the faces and hands of its children. This belief makes children the heart of the Chapel and occasionally a wandering toddler will find himself an Active participant in the service. Right the most recent improve ment to the Chapel was a new Steeple shown Here before it was added to the Church this summer. 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