Archive for April, 2011

Automated Children’s Check In

Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2011 by Waypoint Church Partners

author: Tim Cole, Director of Church Planting

Many of our newer churches are implementing automated children’s check in systems. Some use Barcoded “MVP” cards that go on your keychain. Others use a small USB fingerprint scanner that pulls up your family’s record on the check-in computer. A touchscreen monitor allows for easy check in of all your kids, spitting out stick-on name tags for the kids and a label for the parents with a unique check-out code for after the service.

These systems have at least three great benefits for your church: First, even though visiting parents have to fill out a form when checking their kids in the first time, they watch as all your “regulars” quickly check in their own kids with a slick, yet simple, system. It makes a GREAT first impression of your church before they even enter the sanctuary.

Second, once your “regulars” become comfortable checking in their own kids (after 2-3 weeks), your check-in volunteers can focus ALL their time and attention on first-time visitors who have to fill out the initial information card. They can take the time to learn the child’s name and chat with the parents for a few moments without being distracted by all the “regulars” helping themselves through the process.

Finally, your “regulars” make it into the worship area sooner to enjoy more of the morning’s service. Saving just 3 or 4 minutes of standing in line to check in their kids makes a big difference. They get to sing one more worship song, participate in the welcome and greeting, or hear the announcements made at the beginning of the service.

If you have questions about how to implement systems like these at your church contact us at the VEF.