It’s no secret that first impressions are everything. Your church foyer serves as the “first impression” of the whole church experience. Whether you’re working with a small space or a large space, these five things will help your church put its best “foot” forward:
- Functional and Attractive Signage – Imagine, for a moment, that you are a first-time visitor at your church. Nothing is worse than coming to a church for the first time and having no idea where to go or how to get there. It’s so important to make sure that your guests know where to drop off their children, grab their coffee and where they can go if they need to use the restroom. Your signs should be eye catching, but also make visitors (and members as well) feel comfortable navigating the space they’re entering.
- A Place to Connect – Whether it’s in the form of designated seating areas, or just a couple of benches, a place to get to know each other, in a relaxed setting, creates an atmosphere of community. We should make it easy for members and first-time guests to take a few minutes, before or after service, to sit down and get to know each other, catch up or even be ministered to.
- An Information Command Center – You may call it a Welcome Center or a Connection Booth. The important part is that you’ll need a centralized location for people to get information about your church. This is a great place to have volunteer brochures for people to find ways to get connected. You may want to consider some sort of “Connection Card” to get information about visitors and members to help your staff follow up after the service. This Command Center will really be the “About Us” section of your foyer. It’s up to you how much, or how little, information you put on display, but the key is to allow people to get a feel for who you are by browsing this space.
- Air Freshener – This seems a little silly, but it is HUGE. The visual aspect of your foyer will play a huge role in the entire feel of the church, but people will immediately form an opinion (bad or good) based on how the room smells. Nothing will make someone feel more relaxed than walking into an inviting room that smells clean and fresh. Keep in mind, as well, that the opposite can have just as much of an impact on the other side of the spectrum. Choose a scent that is light and soft. You should stick with clean scents rather than perfumes or florals. Remember: Plug-Ins are your friend.
- People – This is a little less on the aesthetic end, but just as important as everything else on this list. A functional foyer should be full of approachable volunteers or staff members ready to serve each person who walks through the doors. At the end of the day, people, and the relationships they form, will have the biggest impact.
Remember that you don’t need a lot of money to change the dynamics of your church foyer. Keep it simple, clean and organized and you’ll be thrilled with the impression it will make!