This week’s Church-Hacker was submitted by BCC reader Raymond, and should immediately be instituted in every ward throughout the church.
Why is it acceptable to go over the allotted time in meetings, but taboo to end early? Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
It kills me whenever I see a teacher nervously look at the clock wondering how to “fill” more time. Just stop. No one will complain if we finish early. Another recurring problem is teachers who can’t stop until they get through their material. We appreciate the effort you put into preparing your lesson, but we’d appreciate it even more if you stopped on time. I tune out the teacher as soon as it’s time to leave anyway.
This silly custom of ending late is particularly problematic at the conclusion of the three-hour block. Poor Sunbeam teachers and Nursery leaders are left to babysit exhausted or unruly children because the parents are still trapped in meetings. And the older children wander the church unsupervised until their parents can find them. Shouldn’t parents be the first ones, not the last ones, to finish their meetings?
I propose that Relief Society, Elders Quorum, and High Priests all finish five minutes before the end of the three hour block, so that parents can pick up their children on time.
All in favor?