If your church is meeting online, you can create a way for kids to meet online as well by adding them to a group. Track attendance for kids groups without needing Check-Ins labels by adding kids to a group. If you want to use interaction pieces, like messaging or sharing resources, add parents to the group as well.
Having kids and parents in a kids group allows you to record attendance for kids while giving parents access to Church Center to communicate and interact with the leader and other parents.
Due to our Terms of Service, children under the age of 13 cannot log in to Church Center or chat over messaging.
Add Kids and Parents to Group
Once you've created a group, you can set the group to allow people to join it, or you can add people to the group manually.
To use any of these automations, you'll need to access to People.
Allow People to Join
If you want people to be able to join the group themselves, you can set up some automations that add the parent and child to the group, regardless of which one joins the group.
To allow people to join the group, choose Open from the group Settings.
As they join the group, you want to make sure the child and parent are both added to the group, so you'll need to use lists and automations.
1. Find Parents of Children Who Join the Group
Create a list that finds the primary contacts of those who have joined the group. This will return the primary parent of any child who joins the group.
First, duplicate the list and change the inclusion to household children to find any children of parents who joined the group.
Then, use the list to create a list of kids of the right age for the group.
- Make sure you choose the list you created of the children of the parents who joined the group.
- Choose the grade or age that matches the group they'll be joining.
If you set the lists to automatically refresh and add automations to two of the lists, the primary contact and age/grade-appropriate child will be added to the group when the parent or child joins.
Refresh the List
From the Settings of all lists, make sure the lists automatically refresh.
Add to Group
From the automations tab of the parent list and then age/grade-appropriate list, set the list results to be added to the appropriate group.
Automatically ADD People to Group
If you want to add all age/grade-appropriate kids and a parent to the group, you can set up two lists and automations.
Create an automation that will automatically add the people on the list to the age/grade-appropriate group.
To automatically add people to your list as they're added to your database, set your list to auto-refresh in the Settings.
Take Attendance for Events
When it's time for events, you only take attendance for the kid who attended.