Regathering Plan for High School

Several weeks ago, we outlined our plan to regather at church WITH all NextGen environments included. You can read that post here.

With this being said, ANTHEM has actually been meeting in-person for the past 6 weeks on Sunday nights from 630-8p. During this time, we have gathered both JH and HS youth in their Tribes that are spread out across MISSION’s campus. If your teen has not yet joined us, please review the following details.

PROCESS AND PROCEDURES

In many ways, we’re rewriting the book on ministry to the Next Generation. We have always valued preparation and training for our volunteers and this Global Pandemic has prompted all-new ministry guidelines. As of September 2020, all of our NextGen volunteers have been trained in new processes and procedures. Volunteers who interact with your kids and teenagers will learn how to provide the same love and care, but with sanitation and social distancing in mind.

SAFETEY PRECAUTIONS

You may be wondering, “What precautions has MISSION taken concerning teenagers?” That’s a great question and here are some procedures we have implemented.

  • All staff, volunteers, and teenagers are required to wear masks while on campus.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the campus and opportunities to wash/rewash hands will be 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.
  • We are taking extra precautions around snacks. We know that the fastest way to a teenager’s heart is through their stomach. We provide snacks/drinks in our youth environments, but snacks are carefully distributed and individually wrapped.
  • All Tribe spaces/rooms are thoroughly cleaned/sanitized.

ONLINE EXPERIENCES

Just because we will 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 everyone connected, even as parts of the group are gathering in person.

SERVICE TIME ADJUSTMENTS

Over the summer, we permanently moved HS to Sunday nights starting at 630p. Our ANTHEM Tribe Leaders have LOVED having the EXTRA time with their tribes since the move. It has been a great experience being back in person at a time that allows HS teenagers to be together for longer than just one hour.

With that said, beginning October 18, we will be expanding our time on Sunday nights by 30 minutes. We will begin at 630p and conclude at 830p. By this time, we will modify the schedule to include hang time where teenagers can connect with friends both inside and outside their tribes. We will plan for a longer worship experience (more time for worship and teaching) as well as plenty of time for more in-depth conversations in tribes.

This two-hour format is going to create the experience that we have been longing for many years now in ANTHEM!










Over the summer, we permanently moved HS to Sunday nights starting at 630p. Our ANTHEM Tribe Leaders have LOVED having the EXTRA time with their tribes since the move. It has been a great experience being back in person at a time that allows HS teenagers to be together for longer than just one hour.
With that said, beginning October 18, we will be expanding our time on Sunday nights by 30 minutes. We will begin at 630p and conclude at 830p. By this time, we will modify the schedule to include hang time where teenagers can connect with friends both inside and outside their tribes. We will plan for a longer worship experience (more time for worship and teaching) as well as plenty of time for more in-depth conversations in tribes.
This two hour format is going to create the experience that we have been longing for for many years now in ANTHEM!

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