5 Things Parents Look for in a Church Facility
Everyone looks at different things in a church service: worship styles, preaching, or even the unwritten dress code. The same is true within church spaces. Every individual who walks through your doors will have a different priority when it comes to how they view your physical space.
Fresh off the heels of Mother’s Day, I spoke with two of Aspen's amazing architectural design team members, Andrea Burks and Rosie Mitchell, about five things parents look for when they enter a church space—besides the coffee.
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2. Connection Spaces
Places for visitors to connect are vital within your church, but these places are particularly important for families. After a church service, children will want a place to play while adults chat with one another.
“As a parent, connecting spaces can be really important because it’s good to know other people who are going through that same phase of life.” —Andrea Burks, Architectural Designer, Aspen Group
3. Safety and Security
Once parents make their way to your kids’ area, it’s vital for them to know their children will be safe during the service. A secure check-in process, sufficient and friendly volunteers, and the design of your rooms will help give mom and dad peace of mind as they head to the worship service.
On the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, cleanliness is also of utmost importance. As you prepare for services, make sure the physical space is clean and bright so that mom and dad aren’t left wondering if their kids are picking up too many germs.
4. Special Accommodations for Babies
As we think about how different parents experience your church, it’s important to remember that parents of infants have a different set of needs than parents of school-aged children.
Parents of infants have plenty of joy and challenges in this stage; you don’t want your church space to present additional obstacles. Station people up front to open doors for those who are pushing strollers. Have restrooms with diaper-changing stations clearly identified. The positive experience can even begin outside if your church provides special parking for those with young children.
5. The Small Details
There is a whole category of smaller details that can really enhance the churchgoing experience for parents. These things are often noticed when they aren’t done well.
Our architecture mom panel at Aspen shared those experiences for them have included:
narrow hallways that make navigating kids’ areas difficult
crowded or understaffed check-in areas that create lines for already hurried families
- noisy or harshly-lit nursing rooms that make nursing more stressful for mom and baby
If you aren’t sure how your church is doing when it comes to your Sunday experience for parents, ask. Moms and dads will often be happy to share opinions about how your space can be optimized. And the moms and dads at Aspen are always ready to help improve your space as well! As long as you provide the coffee.
About Becky Phillips
Becky Phillips joined Aspen Group in 2017 as the Human Resources Director, after starting her career in the construction industry and spending the past 14 years in various HR leadership roles at an international ministry organization. Currently, in her role as Vice President of People and Culture, Becky ensures that Aspen Group remains a great place to work—attracting, motivating, engaging, and retaining fantastic people.
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