As ministries begin gathering, there are still many questions about how to safely and effectively teach children and youth. Some are continuing to do online activities or are holding special family services geared toward youth. Others may choose a phased-in approach to gathering youth and children. Each ministry will need to decide what’s best for their own congregation, but the following tips may help minimize the spread of respiratory illnesses as you consider how and when you’ll gather your children and youth.
As children’s ministry resumes normal operations, it is beneficial to provide parents and guardians of the children under your care with information regarding the church’s policies and procedures. Consider posting your policy at every door, as well. This helps communicate the steps you’re taking to minimize the spread of illness. It is important to note that while your ministry is taking care in its efforts to protect the children, the risk of exposure cannot be eliminated. It also helps parents understand your policy so they can prepare ahead of time. Consider the following points to include in your policy:
Keeping children at least six feet apart is challenging. If your ministry is considering implementing social distancing, consider the following ideas and what may work best for your ministry:
Similar to your plans for cleaning your sanctuary and common areas, you’ll want to consider your plan for cleaning and disinfecting your youth ministry rooms. Brotherhood Mutual provides tips about how to clean and disinfect your children’s classrooms: Read Article.
Communicating every measure you’re taking to maintain a clean and safe environment will help comfort parents as they drop off their children. Consider posting a sign on each children’s ministry door that says when the room was last cleaned and when the toys were cleaned, if applicable.
Posted May 12, 2020.
The information provided in this article is intended to be helpful, but it does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for the advice from a licensed attorney in your area. We strongly encourage you to regularly consult with a local attorney as part of your risk management program.
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