Several weeks ago, we outlined our plan to regather at church WITH all NextGen environments included. You can read that post here. We have been waiting for this day for so long, and it is finally here. If you have not RSVPd yet, you can do that at missionaz.org/plan.
So what are things going to look like for kids? That’s a good question. Below are all the details that will help you prepare for your first visit back!
To maximize our time to clean and sanitize all surfaces between services, we’re modifying our service times to 9a and 11a. All NextGen (babies through 6th grade) will have programs at both services.
Typically, we promote all kids to their new grades/environments every year in late May. Since school is already back in session and kids have already moved up, all kids will regather in their CURRENT grade level.
For 4th Graders: Welcome to your brand new space (the Warehouse)! When you enter the Warehouse, your leaders will be spread out in the room waiting for you.
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. All of our NextGen volunteers have been trained in new processes and procedures. Volunteers who interact with your kids will provide the same love and care, but with sanitation and social distancing in mind. Rest assured that EVERY NextGen Volunteer must complete in person or online training before they can serve again.
Safety has always been one of our highest values. As we plan to regather after months of quarantine, our priority for safety is guiding our strategy. Below are some of our new procedures
We have moved to a centralized check-in process outside of the Family Center. Families are welcome to visit any of the check-in stations and a volunteer will help you get checked in (contactless experience).
Just because we will be meeting in person does not mean that our digital/online experiences are going away. We understand that many families will not be ready to return to in person gatherings for some time. As a result, we will continue to offer digital content similar to what you have seen for the last several months.
We can’t wait to see you again. We miss you and we CONTINUE to pray for you, your health, and your well being! Please let us know if you have any questions!
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.