Here we go, another September is coming and we are still in the midst of a pandemic! However, for many churches this September may look different from last September as many more of our churches are preparing to re-open for in person worship.
In May, CBOQ hosted 2 conversations around considerations for re-opening children’s ministry. You can read the highlights and/or watch the recordings here.
The increase in vaccinated people, the decreased numbers of cases and the experience of in person summer camps for several of our churches this summer has led many more churches to give more serious consideration to re-opening in-person children’s ministry this fall. But that also leads to questions like, “What are the guidelines I need to follow?”. Currently there are no specific, detailed government/public health documents that detail ‘rules’ for church sunday school/children’s ministry. This will be updated if something does get published. However, there are some tips/best practice suggestions you may want to consider outlined below.
ATTEND A ZOOM CONVERSATION WITH OTHER LEADERS TO DISCUSS QUESTIONS/PLANS FOR RE-OPENING IN PERSON CHILDREN’S MINSITRY ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 1-2PM
Tips/Best Practice Suggestions (these are in addition to ones already listed here)
- Check with your local public health unit for current guidelines for daycares and day camps and implement similar guidelines for your programs
- Consider following the same practice implemented by your local school boards
- Ensure adequate supplies are stocked (face masks for volunteers and kids, hand sanitizer)