When I was a young mom back in the 70s (yes, I was VERY young!), I wanted to be in a women’s Bible study. I had been in Bible Study Fellowship before having our first baby. But, there was no nursery for her, and I was new in town knowing no one to trust to care for her. And, I didn’t have a car to drive up to North Dallas from Duncanville anyway. Our church didn’t offer any kind of women’s daytime study. It wasn’t as common back then for churches to offer an assortment of women’s Bible studies during the week. So, I invited a few women from my church to start meeting for a weekday Bible study. We could meet at my house. No problem. But, between us all, we had 6 children under the age of 3. That required some kind of affordable, trustworthy childcare. A dear older woman stepped up and offered to take care of our children for $2 each. Without her, we would not have been able to really focus on the Word as we met. We moms were so grateful to her for that.
As my family grew to 3 children, and as I got more involved in women’s ministry in other churches, I became convinced that quality childcare for women’s Bible studies (and other ministry events) is key to an effective women’s ministry that mixes up the generations. And, one piece of evidence that a church really values ministry to women is how much money is in its yearly budget for childcare personnel and training to support women’s ministry. I can testify to knowing one church in particular that does just that.