Not at all. You would indeed have the parents of the infants and very young children in the foyer (or, preferably, other designated holding pen), but with simple and consistent discipline as I suggested above, the other children would be tractable and reasonably reverent.
Vort, I'm talking about this ward in Texas. There are about 30 kids in nursery! Plus the babies under nursery age... There are about 60 families... remember what you said about nursery age kids?
It's an amazing ward... only about 2 people I saw who are grandparent-age. Lots of pregnant women so I'm sure the nursery is not about to shrink in size anytime soon.
P.S. One thing that was super amazing... the ward building is set up like our ward where the RS room is on the other side of the hallway as the Primary room. When the Primary is singing, you can hear it straight across the hallway through the closed doors!
This won't work. As you note, Catholic cathedrals are massive, with very high ceilings. The acoustics are completely different from those of an LDS chapel. You would need to turn the speakers up to an ear-splitting level to drown out the crying kids in an undisciplined ward, giving our meetings all the charm and flavor of an inner-city Baptist revival. (Which may indeed be interesting, and even deafening, but cannot reasonably be called "reverent" in any sense.)
No, I'm not talking about un-disciplined kids. I'm talking about the ward in Texas. Reasonably reverent kids - still noisy. Lots of wards are like that. Our ward used to be that - well, not as big as the one in Texas but we had about 75 kids in primary - and sacrament meeting was noisy - okay, not as noisy as the one in Texas. But, it's not the hush of our ward now (our ward got split three times).
But you're right, the acoustics may not support the loud mics. I think the high cathedral ceilings contribute to the effect as well. Good point.
Edited by anatess, 21 June 2012 - 02:34 PM.