Ministry Update 6.24.20
Hafa Adai Bayview Church,
I’m excited to announce that this coming Sunday, June 28th, we will reopen our nursery for both the morning services at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. In addition to the nursery at the 10:30 a.m. service, we will also offer a class for the toddler (2-3) and pre-school (4-5) ages. Upon checking your child in they will need to sanitize their hands and pass a temperature check. As per the CDC guidelines, all kids above the age of 2 are supposed to wear masks. We will have some child-size masks available, but recommend you bring your own if you have them.
It is our goal to be as diligent as possible in both complying with the CDC guidelines and providing a clean environment. I also want to encourage parents to have realistic expectations when it comes to how well young children will conform. I anticipate some kids will remove their masks, for example. An environment of toddlers will not conform as easily as the adults in the sanctuary.
I do hope that by providing these classes for these younger ages there may be some families who can attend a service. If you feel there is a risk of placing your children in a class then you are still welcome to attend the service with your children. People have been most gracious with the kids who have been in the service. I will continue to preach a shorter message and the services will remain approximately an hour. However, we will also discontinue the production of the kid’s videos posted on Sundays so we can focus our efforts on campus.
If you have any questions about the addition of these children’s classes you may contact the church office. The complete list of safety guidelines for reopening children’s ministry at Bayview can be found at the bottom of this letter. Please get in touch with Jessica Jones-Madrid if you would like to help serve in children’s ministry. I know Jessica is looking for help due to many of our helpers traveling off-island during the summer.
There are still some families who feel it is too soon to return for various reasons of risk. I can speak for the elders and say that we miss you and look forward to having our whole church back together again on Sundays.
Safety Guidelines for Reopening Children’s Ministry
We at Bayview are doing everything possible to create a safe and enjoyable environment for children. We have applied these safety guidelines to minimize the spread of bacteria and adhere to government health guidelines. We ask that our congregation be gracious and have realistic expectations during this time. It is our hope that people will return to Bayview when they feel ready to do so.
- All volunteers must wear a mask. Teachers may remove their mask while teaching the lesson if needed, but a mask must be worn when coming in contact with children.
- Masks are not mandatory for children in the Toddlers (2 & 3’s) class, but may be worn if the parent chooses.
- All children in the Preschool (4 & 5’s) class must wear a mask. Bayview will have child-sized masks available if needed.
- Adult helpers will take children to the bathroom when needed, unless a parent has specified another preference.
- Children and volunteers will wash their hands after using the bathroom.
- We ask that parents take their children to the bathroom before class to minimize bathroom trips during class time.
Other Important Information
- There will be no snack time in the Toddler or Preschool classes. Snacks/bottles may be provided for babies in the nursery, if the parent chooses.
- The main doors to classrooms will remain open, one helper will be designated to open/close the small door when children as entering. The door handle will be cleaned afterwards.
- Children in all classes must sanitize their hands before entering the classroom, and before/after activities.
- All toys/books/surfaces in the Toddler and Preschool classrooms will be cleaned before and after service.
- The check-in station will be sanitized after each use.
- Nursery will be cleaned and all surfaces sanitized in between services.
- Volunteers should minimize physical contact whenever possible. We realize this may be difficult in younger ages.