Church on Easter?

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 2:14pm
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Our daughter is very contact sensitive. She had bad reactions on Easter when she was 6 mths and again at 2 1/2 (didn't go on 1 1/2). Her contact was with children who had eaten candy before comming to church and then touching her/breathing on her. The first hives looked like finger sized tiger stripes and ended with swelling and asthma.
We are willing to try again now that she is 6.
Her dress is long and long sleeved and I will get gloves (suggested in other thread). Any more ideas?
In the past we have been celebrating at home by reading the Easter story, eating breakfast and playing with the girls.

Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 9:09pm
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Maybe if you go to the earliest morning service, that would help? Our church has an 8:00 am, a 10:30 and a 1:00, and the 8:00 am is usually much smaller and has fewer children. I'd also think that the children there would have been less likely to have hunted candy yet.
Good luck to you!
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Posted on: Fri, 03/23/2007 - 11:12pm
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I think it is the waking up to Easter basket and parents thinking 'why not its just one morning' that got her.

Posted on: Sat, 03/24/2007 - 12:23pm
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I'm sorry, PeanutMilitia, I didn't mean to suggest you're doing something wrong by not going to church on Easter. Obviously, you're still honoring it. And you had bad things happen before. We haven't, luckily. It's just one of those things that for me, personally, I'd try everything I could to go. Do they have kids' activities where they come in contact with each other? I know the children's sermon always makes me nervous.

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 10:42am
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don't they have sunrise services on Easter...that might be an option. (I could be way off here, not a church goer, but thought if it's REALLY early, it would probably be the best time to go)???? Sorry, good luck [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 11:08am
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Just have to laugh and shake my head about memories of the LAST time we (as family of 4)were in church on Easter Sunday -- 3 years ago.
We did everything we could possibly think of to make ourselves safe and insulated from possible peanut exposure.
We sat in next-to-last pew. So we could make hasty exit & not shake hands.
The family who sat behind us brought in REAL pet rabbit received by one child that day, plus rabbit food -- some mixture with recognizeable peanuts.
Pardon me, but I had a whole new set of prayers that day like never before.
At one point one of the children (about age 5?) actually HANDED the bunny to my then 3-ish daughter. She had never held an animal of that size. In an effort to hold on to its squirming-ness, she nearly choked it to death before I could get it away from her & back to family behind us.
Wipes everywhere in our pew.
Wipes, WIPES, [b] WIPES!!! [/b]
There you have my most recent Easter memories and experience.
~Eliz

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2007 - 12:21am
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Oh my gosh! Seriously, they brought a bunny?! A pet? Who would do something like that? I can't imagine their thought process in deciding to bring it with them to church. Rabbit droppings in the pews would be so lovely.

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2007 - 6:17am
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Was the bunny cute? Just kidding, I was only worried about the chocolate kind!!!!!!
Bethc,
I am not offended by anything you have said (this or previous thread). Easter is important to us too. It's another one of those balance issues for us. If we can justify a minimal risk we will be there. I also don't want to make a 'holiday' another 'but other kids get to' days. Right now we are leaning to private service with family. Any more suggestions?

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2007 - 10:29am
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It was definitely real.
Definitely cute.
Albino.
Obviously a regional, cultural thing in that church. I HAD seen animals in church there on other occasions -- besides feast of St. Francis & Blessing of Animals in fall. And not "service" animals. Pets.
But, truly, I would never have expected live Bugs Bunny behind me.
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~Eliz

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2007 - 12:49pm
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Thanks for the laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on: Tue, 03/27/2007 - 12:53pm
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I work in a Catholic Church.... maybe I can offer a suggestion.
Contact the Pastor, tell him about your daughters need for no contact with Peanuts. Most Churches now are cleaning for the Holy week anyhow. ( this is r*really* heavy cleaning too.) Ask if at one service you could have folks refrain from peanut stuff before coming, wash their hands upon entering and if when they are cleaning could they clean one or two pews "extra" well and rope them off to reserve them for you. This week is Palm Sunday so they could make announcements at ALL masses that you child would like to come to mass and needs this accomation.
I'd bet they would be able to help you attend mass. I do the cleaning in my church for the holidays and I would be more than willing to do all of the above for your child.
Just a thought.

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