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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...]

Trying out the 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...]

Check In System: When Do We Need One?

Check In System: When Do We Need One?

  What Do We Need? Security is a huge issue for churches and parents alike. Parents want to know that their kids will be safe when they leave them for a service. Many churches are now requiring volunteers to have criminal and child abuse clearances before working with kids (a smart move). What other security systems are needed? What about check in systems? If you are a small church (one of those “everyone knows everyone”), is a check-in system really essential? Is it insulting to the … [Read more...]