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.
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.
You may be wondering, “What precautions has MISSION taken concerning teenagers?” That’s a great question and here are some procedures we have implemented.
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.
Currently, all of ANTHEM (both Junior High and High School) are meeting on Sunday nights at 630p. This simply has been a modified pandemic arrangement. We have 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.
High School is permanently staying on Sunday nights; however, on October 18, Junior High will move permanently to the 11a service. The reason for this delay is because we have a special series planned for September that we want all of our teenagers to experience together. Following Fall Break, the change to Sunday mornings will occur.
The NextGen Ministry at MISSION Community Church is committed to partnering with parents and helping kids find and follow Jesus. From babies through high school, we strive to be a church “For Everyone”, creating environments where children and youth can belong even before they believe.