KidCheck: Taking Security to a Whole New Level!

KidCheck: Taking Security to a Whole New Level!

You've got to be ready for growth before it comes. In his book, Stretch: Structuring Your Ministry For Growth, Jim Wideman advises readers to prepare for growth before it gets to you.  If you want to double the size of your ministry, do you have what it takes to accommodate the new size? Do you have enough chairs? Do you have enough teachers? Do you have the classroom space? Do you have the security system you need? As we worked through our "Getting Ready for Growth" checklist, … [Read more...]

Allergy Free Snack Ideas

Allergy Free Snack Ideas

Many kids suffer from food allergies today.  When serving food at the church, we need to make sure we take the time to not only check with kids and parents about potential allergies, but also check the foods we're serving to make sure playing it safe when it comes to allergies. Here's a list of the top 8 food allergies: Dairy Egg Soy Wheat Peanut Tree Nuts Fish Shellfish Here's some idea for allergy-free snacks: Kix Fresh Fruit Applesauce Cups Fruit … [Read more...]

Nursery Labels: A Security Measure

Nursery Labels: A Security Measure

Recently we've had a number of new families attending our church and bringing their kids to nursery. One more than one occasion, the Sunday School worker has forgotten a kid's name and can't tell the church worker anything about him. Not a good scenario. So, we decided to go with Nursery labels. We used ChurchNursery.com and have been completely impressed with the service. We explained our main goal for the labels, and were given suggestions for what has worked best for other churches. We … [Read more...]

Check-In System (An Update)

We've been using the check in system for about four weeks now, and I have to admit, I am very surprised at the response on the part of the parents. We had one girl come in last night and one immediately explained to me, "My dad is running late for an appointment, so he said he couldn't come in to check me in, but my older sister can do it". Frankly, I hadn't even thought about it. These are regular church kids. But I was so touched that these parents respected the system enough to make … [Read more...]

Getting Started with a Check in System

Getting Started with a Check in System

This week, I tried the sign in/sign out system for our elementary aged kids. I simply made a Chart which has the child's name and a place for parents to sign them in and out. I was a little nervous because I hadn't "prepared" any parents for this change -- no formal announcment or anything. As they dropped their kids off, I just walked up and said, "We're starting a new sign-in/sign-out system and could you sign here". The parents were completely fine with the whole thing. No "Why are we … [Read more...]

Check In Systems

Children's Ministry Talk just put out a podcast on check-in systems (and budgets and first impressions). I emailed and asked at what point (numbers wise) do churches need a check in system, and here is their answer! Listen to full podcast Other Security/Safety Posts: Trying Out the Check In System Parents Respond to Check In System Nursery Labels: Security for Little Ones Help keep this site running, click on an ad while your here!  Thanks! … [Read more...]