About this time of the year families begin to get excited about the upcoming school year. And churches begin planning their fall launch. At the intersection of both is Promotion Sunday! The big Sunday when all the kids move up a grade.
Let's say the Jordans have children involved in youth sports. Generally, they attend worship and Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. But their new league plays about half their games on Sunday mornings. So, during those weeks the Jordans attend worship and Sunday School during the 4 p.m. service on Saturday. A great solution provided by an understanding church!
Leaving kids in children's ministry the first time is scary for guest parents. They are concerned that the situation is new and uncertain for their children. They are uneasy about leaving their kids with people they don't know. They might even have to battle thoughts about worse case scenarios. Their worry distracts them from fully engaging in worship.
But you have worked hard to invite and welcome them. You've made sure the children's area is clean and looks fun. You've staffed it with good people who really care. You've even provided security with check-in. All of these are important, but what if when parents walk away you could do a little something extra. Here's a simple idea on how to extend your hospitality one step further to help assuage guest parent fears.
The best place to connect with parents on Sunday morning is when they check-in their kids. This is just as true for your members and regular attenders as it is for your guests. You may already be using that time to start the follow-up process. If not, see section D in the check-in view. But, why not use the same opportunity to capture attendance for everything everyone in the family is attending or serving in that morning?
He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction. Malachi 4:6
A client/friend set up a call with me recently to talk about the best way to set up their groups for volunteer scheduling. As we talked, I realized that it might be helpful to do a blog post to help church volunteers and staff consider how to set up volunteer teams to make scheduling as easy as possible.
I often talk with church staff and pastors about the discipline of taking attendance and why it matters. Neither, "because we've always done it that way", nor "we've never done it before" are persuasive arguments.
The only thing worse than a child being hurt or abused by an older child or adult is that hurt or abuse happening in Church. This concern keeps those of us bent on child safety awake at night. There is no greater concern for safety in church ministry than this. The liability and legal issue is important, but even more important is the authentic concern pastors have for their families, parents have for their kids and kids have for their friends. Here are three common challenges to child safety every church faces.
Tags: Check-in & Family