It’s beneficial in a church nursery environment to have some sort of paging system to notify parents when they’re needed. However, the question is whether it’s better to use a cell phone paging system or physical pagers (like those that we commonly see at restaurants.)
It’s natural to think that because cell phones are so common (everyone has one, right?) that they would be the natural choice. However, as we will explain in this article, this is not always the case. Let’s go over why physical pagers are actually better than cell phone pagers in a church nursery environment.
More Control On Getting Parents to Respond
It definitely is true that in today’s day and age the majority of people have cell phones. However, just like you can’t guarantee that someone will pick up when you call them, you can’t guarantee that people will respond to a text notification when you page them.
Some people make it a habit to keep their phone on silent meaning they won’t even know you paged them until they look at their phone. Some may keep their phone on vibrate, but just not feel it when texted because the vibration isn’t very strong. And others entirely may keep their choose to have their phone make a noise disrupting the entire service.
With physical pagers you can ensure that everyone is notified (the vibration is much stronger than a normal cell phone) and that nobody else is disrupted.
Some May Not Have a Cell Phone
Yes, we already said that most people have cell phones, but most doesn’t necessarily mean everyone. Older churchgoers may not possess cell phones and others may just not have brought them to church.
Whatever the reason for not having a cell phone this problem can easily be rectified through physical pagers that you simply hand to those that need them.
Less Hassle on the Part of the Church
This may be a small one but it’s still worth mentioning. There’s nothing easier than simply handing a pager to someone that can be easily triggered when needed.
When cell phones come into the picture the church has to make sure that they have accurate cell phone numbers for everyone. Never mind if someone changes their cell phone number and doesn’t end up notifying the church.
There’s no doubt that a church with a nursery needs a paging system. It’s clear though that the benefits of real physical pagers outweighs the benefits of a paging system that revolves around cell phones. When you’re ready to invest in a reliable paging system, take a look at our pagers and see the benefits for yourself.