I love babies. I think they are great. I love my friends who have babies. I love new parents. And I love having babies and their parents at our church, I do. Yet the great struggles in my ministries are related to our nursery. Nightmare is too strong a word (it did make a good title) but it has been an on going frustration. When I came on staff last year this was an area that was addressed as "needing improvement". I struggle to find the best practical solutions, yet I think I have created more issues. I feel over my head most days.
Last weekend I stayed with one of my dearest friends and another couple. Both families had babies. We talked about different concerns they had when visiting a new church and childcare in general. I enjoyed learning their thoughts and perspectives on the subject. They raised issues I hadn’t even considered, making me realise I still have a lot to learn.
Anyway, the point is I want like to hear others thoughts on nursery topics. Not sure if this will be a series, a semi-regular event, or done after this post. If it continues it will be a different area concerning nursery. Today’s subject…the check-in and out. What is your experience? What has worked? What hasn’t worked? Should churches use tags, stickers, or sign in forms? What have you read, heard, or thought on the subject? Anyone can comment but please say where your experience comes from (like parent, volunteer, children’s pastor/direction, innocent bystander…) Thanks!