I love my job as Pastor to Children, Youth, and Families at Columbine United Church. Each Sunday I get to participate in an energetic and growing ministry. Here is the problem – our building, rooms, and space for this ministry is less than adequate. For the past few weeks, I’ve been meeting with a dedicated team of volunteers looking at our space issues. We are looking at busting down walls, shifting where various age groups are located in our building, and a wide variety of other space shifts. Because of this, I’ve been spending a lot of time over the past month contemplating what makes a great space for kids and parents?
- How can we improve traffic flow?
- How can we create a more effective check-in and check-out process?
- Can we create a great communication & welcome center that all parents and kids pass through on Sunday mornings?
- Can we create a space where we can greet new families and connect them with other families?
- Can we not just remodel but redesign?
The above picture is of a children’s ministry check-in area at some church I’ve never attended. It’s the kind of space I would really love to have.