Greetings dear friends!
I wanted to give you an update regarding in-person youth group gatherings. From conversations over text message and Zoom, I know your youth are anxiously awaiting the day when they can safely gather with their church friends again. I needed to gather, compare and finalize protocol from both St. Andrew's and Bethlehem before I could safely put a plan together for us to gather again. So far, this is what I have come up with.
I have divided the youth group into two groups to keep numbers safe, as well as, try and ensure a meaningful experience where we can have conversation without shouting across the lawn at one another.
The first group will be meeting (in-person) on Bethlehem's campus on October 7th and October 21st (1st & 3rd Wednesdays). The second group will be meeting (in-person) on October 14th and October 28th (2nd & 4th Wednesdays).
The groups will change every month and I have grouped siblings together in hopes that rides will not be an issue.
We will be meeting for one hour, from 4:30-5:30 pm.
While on campus, your youth will/must:
-Have temperature checked & documented upon arrival
-Wear a mask the entire time
-Practice social distancing (even if they're seeing friends outside of church gathering time)
-Those that drive cannot mingle in the parking lot afterwards
-Will not bring food, as that encourages removal of masks. Water bottles are OK
*Please do not send your youth if they have exhibited any symptoms or been exposed to someone with Covid-19 in the past 14 days.
*Please do not send your youth if they have been out of state in the past 14 days.
If your youth is not able to follow the guidelines above, I will have to ask them to leave immediately.
I will be reaching out individually to let you know what group your child(ren) are in. If you/they don't receive an email/text message from me, please let me know ASAP via text/phone call at 515-401-2631,
Sending my love to you all.