Over the past several months each of us have learned a great deal about COVID- 19. Grace has taken measured steps to resume church services in addition to establishing an online presence to minister with God’s word.
Challenging times have been met with creative solutions. As a church body we recognize the importance of gathering in worship. We have prayerfully considered opportunities to resume children's programming.
The COVID –19 virus has impacted lives and has changed the landscape of how things operate. We have had the opportunity to gain input from parents, reviewed guidelines and best practices being implemented by the Saint Joseph School District, and area churches within the city.
With these considerations we have made plans to implement a modified kids church program. The measures listed below in the High Five Children’s Program and Procedures are designed to promote the safety and welfare of kids and family while providing a sound learning experience.
We understand that the changes being implemented are subject to opinion and may not meet all preferences. We encourage families to not participate if they do not feel comfortable about guidelines being put into action. All family participants will be requested to review and sign our High Five Children’s Program and Procedures consent waiver prior to engaging in Sunday morning children services.
We will continue an online children’s ministry presence to reach families that opt not to attend Grace during this season of time.
Pastor Dan Blakely
High Five Children’s Program and Procedures:
Service Times: 8:00 am, 10:30 am on Sunday morning with Sunday School resuming at 9:30am beginning January 3rd, and 6:30pm, Wednesday Midweek.
Facility usage: Due to limited capacity families will be encouraged to register their child(ren) in advance if capacity levels for a given service time are met consistently. This will help us to ensure appropriate accommodations may be put in place.
Check In/Out procedure: Children will be checked in at the main Crosswalk entrance. Children and families will exit using the west hallway and door when leaving for the day.
Well screening: All children and volunteers will receive a temperature check prior to participating in programming. Children will not be permitted with an active fever.
Illness’: Any child that has had a fever, cold symptoms within 24 hours prior to service time are requested not to attend.
Emerging illness: If it appears that a child is not feeling well due to cold or flu like symptoms during a service parents will be notified immediately and expected to pick their child up.
Facility changes: In order to decrease the transmission of germs all sinks and toilets in the children’s area have been converted to automated facilities.
Hand sanitizer stations: Hand sanitizer stations will be available at the entrance of the Crosswalk kids church area, immediately outside bathrooms and at the exit.
Social Distancing Strategies
Instructors and Team members: are required to wear masks prior to instruction time. Masks may be removed once children are at their designated table and instruction areas.
Parents: Must wear masks entering the kid’s church area, while checking in and picking up their children.
Children: Are not required to wear masks once seated at their designated area. Those wearing masks at the request of their family will be supported.
Family Grouping: Children will be encouraged to sit with their siblings.
Tables and assigned seating: All children will be assigned to a 6’ table with chairs. 2 students will be permitted to sit at each table. Children within the same family group may exceed this number. A maximum of 3 per table may be permitted under special circumstances.
Room usage: Classrooms will have limited and posted attendance capacities. Tables will not be used in the smaller classrooms.
No rotations: Children will not rotate from room to room during service times.