ANTHEM Regathering Plan: Service Updates

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Since July 26, ANTHEM has been meeting in person on Sunday nights from 630-8p. During this time, we have gathered both JH and HS youth in their Tribes, spread out across MISSION’s campus, where they have joined together in fun, worship + conversations.

With this being said, we are excited to announce the next phase of our regathering plan for ANTHEM as we shift JH back to Sunday mornings and extend the time for HS on Sunday evenings. Please take some time to review the following details.

SERVICE TIME ADJUSTMENTS

Prior to our fall break, all of ANTHEM (both JH + HS) was meeting on Sunday nights from 630-8p. This was simply a modified pandemic arrangement, not a permanent solution. While HS has been thriving with the Sunday night format, our team has found that the best time for JH to meet is on Sunday mornings, since ALL JH teenagers require a parent or guardian to drive them to church.

As of this Sunday (October 18), JH will move permanently to the 11a service, while HS will extend its time on Sunday night to be 630-830p. With these shifts in time, the best part is that we will all be back together in one space for fun, worship + message, and then break out into spaces across campus for Tribes.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

You may be wondering, “What precautions has ANTHEM taken concerning teenagers?” That’s a great question, and here are some procedures we will continue to implement:

  • All staff, volunteers, and teenagers are required to wear masks while on campus.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the campus and washing/rewashing hands is encouraged.
  • All staff, volunteers, and teenagers are temperature-checked before they are able to enter their environments. Anyone who has been sick or has been exposed to someone who has been sick is asked to join us for the online experience.
  • During service inside of the Student Center, we will have socially-distanced seating.
  • All Tribe spaces/rooms are thoroughly cleaned/sanitized.

ONLINE EXPERIENCES

Just because we are meeting in person does not mean that our digital/online experiences are going away. We understand that many teenagers are not able to return to in-person gatherings for some time. As a result, we are continuing to offer digital content. Tribe Leaders will try to keep those who are joining digitally connected, even as parts of the group are gathering in person.

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