Here is my issue: I have a certain family who enjoy talking to one another during the worship service which includes my sermon time. This past week it was pretty bad. What I could ascertain, while in the midst of preaching, is that they were discussing a newspaper article. They sit on the second pew from the front (no one ever sits on the VERY first pew) too. This has happened on other occasions but this past week was really bad.
What to do? I have talked with my PPR chair about the situation and told them that it was really distracting. It is not like these are young people and their parents are having a hard time keeping them still (I look past that and fussy babies). These are grown adults who talk in a loud whisper twenty feet away.
How do I handle it? Here are the options I am pondering:
#1: Have a private conversation with them and let them know how bad it was and how distracting it is to me.
#2: If they get as bad as they were last week, simply stop preaching for a second, give them a glare and then continue.
#3: Wire their pew with an electric shock button that I control from the pulpit. If they start to talk again, simply press the red button (the button who definitely have to be red).
#4: Use the rumor mill to my advantage and slip a very strategically placed comment to one person about the situation. Then they will hear through the grapevine that it bothers me.
#5: Do a sermon series after Easter about worship and proper ways to worship. Concentrate one Sunday on why we preach and tell the congregation my goal to be transparent and let these words be God’s Word to us. Talk about reverence, reflection, and being involved (by paying attention) in worship.
What do you think? I would love some help in this area. Anyone else dealt with this before and how did you handle it?