Using a QR code is by no means new technology. Historically, we’ve used them on our business cards, for downloading apps, online greeting cards, advertising, getting someone to our website… the list goes on. The need to go ‘contactless’, however, has brought about a resurgence in their use.  If you’ve visited a restaurant lately, you’ll receive a QR in lieu of the customary menu.  Our morning news and commercials use them to link to various ‘Christmas’ lists and product information. We are even starting to see churches use them while streaming church services to link to bulletins, online giving sites, newsletters and event information. 

Here’s some information we thought might help as you consider using this easy and effective means to get information to your congregation. 

What is a QR Code? 

QR code (Quick Response) code is a two-dimensional (2D) barcode that can be scanned or read with your iPhone, Android or other camera-enabled smartphone.  Some phones have the technology for scanning the codes built into them, while others may require a simple free app that can be downloaded. Anyone can scan a QR and link to whatever is attached to the code.  

What is the purpose of a QR Code? 

A QR code is used to connect people to digital information quickly.  The uses are endless.  It could be advertising, product information, a website, a registration page, information on a service, a mobile app… 

You can print QR codes on handouts such as bulletins or flyers for quick access to digital content.

How do you generate a QR Code? 

There are many options for generating QR codes. Search the internet for ‘QR Code Generator’. When building the code, simply put in the website or URL to which you want to connect people, and create your code. Then embed the code in your ad, bulletin, bulletin board, newsletter or your church streaming session… 

Ideas for using a QR code 

  • Link to special events, conferences, VBS registrations, retreats, outreach, mission trips (create QR codes to each ShelbyForm that is being used to sign-up or collect registration data).
  • Link to opportunities to give, including year-end giving, missionary support, building projects.
  • Link to digital content that welcomes a prospect or new church member 
  • Link to a prayer wall.
  • Link to all the above when streaming your church service.  Link to the Sunday morning bulletin or order of service, songs you’ll be singing that morning, linking to a form to track online worship attendance.