Why We Use a Check-In System?

In the upcoming weeks, I will be changing our check-in system over to a new program.

Why Have a Check-In/Out System In Church?
Why Have a Check-In/Out System In Church?
Once I complete the testing to work out any bugs, I hope to flip the switch and everything go well! However, I get asked by people why do I insist on using a check in system at our church?

  • We are a church that knows everyone.
  • Nothing is going to happen here.
  • It’s church, you got to show some trust with the people.
  • It’s a hassle and I think it’s childish for my kids.
  • These are some reasons that I get for not having a check-in / check-out system from parents and guardians. I consider each child that steps into the 4:12 Ministries area of Mountain View one of my kids. I have the same hassle checking in my kids, and thankfully getting my kids. Just because I am the Children’s Pastor, that does not give me any special right to have my kids treated special. They are held in class until someone with the correct parent tag comes along to get them, just as other kids are.

    Today I came across an excellent short article that ties into a book that I am getting to help me out with “our” kids. It states without any apology why children’s ministry and the church are the perfect target for predators of kids. It is a sad fact, but true. If you will, click on the link below and take a few minutes to read the article. I hope that it will give you some insight into why I have instated a check-in / check-out system, background checks, cameras in rooms and other procedures. The safety of our children and your peace of mind while you are in a worship service is of great importance to me. I am not saying that everything that we have done is perfect. And I am quite sure that there are bugs in the system that need squashing. But if we work together, I think we will make it the best system that we can.

    6 Reasons Why Sexual Predators Target Churches

    Lastly, if there is anything that you believe could improve or better our Children’s Ministry, please take the time to call me, email me or just talk to me. I am willing to listen to any suggestion and see what, if anything, can be done.

    Till next time…
    Keep loving on the kids

    Steve Blackston
    Children’s Pastor
    Mountain View Baptist Church

    February Song in Children’s Church

    This month in Children’s Church we have been singing the song “We Believe” by Newsong.  We have been given the chance to actually sing in front of the church if the kids can get the song down.  Once you hear 50+ kids singing the lyrics to this song you will say “WOW, I believe!”  So in an attempt to help, here it is with the lyrics.

    What’s Up Next?


    Are you like most people and can never seem to get your life organized? You never know what is coming up next? Well here is a bit of help! Each month, there will be a new calendar posted here at 4:12 Ministries that you can print off and use. There will be church activities included that will let you know what is going on at church and places you can add your own events. Being a parent can be tough enough, being a dis-organized parent, can be tougher!

    August Parent Calendar

    Summertime Fun on Wednesday Nights!

    AWANA has shut down for the summer, but 4:12 Ministries never shuts down! Each Wednesday night we will be having a cool event going on from 7:00 to 8:00 while prayer meeting is going on. There is a list of events on the web page. So check it out and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday night at Mountain View Baptist Church!

    Summertime Fun
    Summertime Fun

    Last Lunch Fund Raiser for Camp

    The 4:12 Ministry will be having their lunch fund raiser for this month

    May Lunch of barbecue, corn on the cob, baked beans, desert and drinks!
    May Lunch of barbecue, corn on the cob, baked beans, desert and drinks!
    on Sunday May 25th. If you are looking for an awesome barbecue, corn on the cob, baked beans, desert and drink, then you will need come after the morning service and enjoy! Cost will be donations only and we look forward to seeing you there.