First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Rev. Toby Jones, Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
231-547-9122


Why am I seeing a QR code in church?

QR Codes: What, how, why?

The past couple of weeks you may have noticed square bar-codes popping up everywhere you go and wondered what they are. They are QR codes and they are an amazing technology to have during this time of Covid. A QR code, which stands for Quick Response Code, can be used in many different ways. They can take you directly to a specific website or web page link, a document, form or even a restaurant menu without you having to search the web or your email to to find it. It is a fast, convenient, and easy way to go digital without much hassle. 

As the church finds new ways to stay healthy while also being efficient, a QR code allows you to view documents directly on your phone or tablet as opposed to having something printed in-hand. On Sunday, this saves us money and resources when it comes to printing bulletins that are ultimately destined for the recycling bin, especially in the event of poor weather that would result in worship being cancelled. It also helps protect everyone coming in contact with paper documents from cross contamination made possible by multiple people handling the same materials. 

Most smart phones, i-phone and android alike, are already equipped to scan QR codes. You either open your QR scanning app already installed on your phone or you simply open your camera, just like you are going to take a photo, and point it at the code, it will scan automatically and open the intended link or file for you. If your phone cannot do this, you can download a QR scanning app for free. 

Like most new technology, there can be a bit of a learning curve. If you would like help using this new asset, please contact Leah in the church office at 231-547-9122 and she would be happy to help!