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  Children in places of worship 23 December 2004  
should they be central to a service or separate?

Crying babies and screaming toddlers will be part of the experience of Christmas worship for many of those attending church over the festive season - a phenomenon not welcomed by all worshippers.

So how can churches reconcile the need of some parishioners for quieter spiritual contemplation with the needs of young families? And what of couples increasingly requesting that wedding services be adult-only affairs.

Woman's Hour examines the place of children in religious practice.

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