All information on this page is current as of February 5, 2021. As changes occur, this page will be updated to reflect the latest information.
What Attendees Should Know
Children's Ministry Began December 6th, 2020.
What parents need to know...
Glad Tiding’s Children’s Ministry (KidZone) Re-Entry Plan*
PHASE 2.2 (Adding KidZone to Indoor Phase 2 Services)
I. KidZone GENERAL INFORMATION
A. Indoor Children’s Ministry restarted Sunday December 6, 2020. Start time 10:30 AM!
B. The goal in all the CMLT plans in children’s ministry re-entry is a 100% touchless/no-contact experience from building entry to building exit.
- Screening and check-in of children will be done by Hospitality Team when entering building
- Personal space will be according to CDC guidelines
- Additional programming content such as activities, games, and handouts will be done through technology (i.e. email, Facebook, and other venues)
C. To maximize usage for social distancing, the Fellowship Hall will be emptied of all unnecessary items
D. Attendance will be on a “first come, first serve” basis. Once capacity is reached, no others will be admitted. Capacity will be determined by a percentage of room capacity listed on the sign posted in the Fellowship Hall in combination with: 1) the dynamics of the individuals and families in attendance; 2) what is happening in NYS and Monroe County regarding Covid trends; and 3) what is deemed safe and prudent by the GT Church Council for the common good of all – workers and children alike. For the purposes of this stage of the re-entry plan, it is 25 total people.
E. Children who have: (1) had COVID-19 symptoms in previous 14 days; (2) tested positive for COVID-19 in previous 14 days; (3) had close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in past 14 days; (4) are having suspicious symptoms; and/or (5) living in the same household with an individual who is currently under quarantine will not be allowed to attend.
F. For the best show of love for other families at Glad Tidings…
- Parents should not assume other parents are comfortable with what you are comfortable (i.e. shaking hands, hugging, close-proximity, doffing masks, children playing together, etc.). Everyone in attendance should respect other attendees’ boundaries (physical, conscience, parenting, etc.).
- Parents who are uncomfortable with something should, in love, speak up. We should not assume others “know” what our parenting boundaries are. Also, parents should not put the burden to communicate their boundaries upon their children. As parents, we need to be the ones communicating our boundaries.
- If a parent does “speak up”, others need to respect the parent’s personal comfort level and boundaries with the utmost love and grace, not thinking less of anyone.
G. As a rule of thumb, children should not play with children of other households while in the church building. If parents of both sets of children are okay with their children playing with one another, they may do so outside of the building after service once they are under the supervision of the parents.
II. KidZone CHECK-IN
A. Children’s Ministry Check-in and Health Checks will happen as families arrive.
- Masks and 6’ social distancing from those not of their immediate household are required at all times in the building (volunteers and attendees alike). Masks are mandatory except when children are physically, medically, or emotionally unable to wear them. If a child is unable to wear a mask, a guardian will be required to accompany the child the entire time in KidZone. This guardian is to ensure the child maintains a 12’ minimum from all other people in the room. The guardian is required to wear a mask.
- Masks need to be properly worn, fully covering both nose and mouth. Attendees and volunteers need to bring their own masks; however, church provided masks will be on-hand if a child needs a replacement.
- Hospitality workers will check-in children in using the computer kiosk. Parents then remove the printed name tag from printer and place it on the child.
- Kids are then allowed to enter the Fellowship Hall. Parents proceed to the sanctuary.
- Parents are welcome to accompany their children in KidZone providing they follow all protocols in place.
B. KidZone child check-in begins 10:10 AM (20 minutes before start time). Out of consideration for others, if children are not feeling well, they should remain home.
C. Regarding coats and cold weather gear… all cold weather gear will: 1) either be kept with the child (in their personal space in KidZone); or 2) parents will take the gear with them in the sanctuary.
III. KidZone ROOM SET-UP
A. Safety precautions will be taken in accordance with already established church guidelines.
- All Leaders, workers and children will wear masks (note the exception listed under KidZone CHECK-IN, A1)
- Social distancing of 6 feet apart is to be maintained unless the teacher or child is unmasked. If unmasked, then 12 feet distance is to be maintained.
- Hand sanitizer is required before entering, and periodically throughout ministry time as deemed prudent by the KidZone ministry workers.
- Sneeze Stations will be around the room at kid level. These stations will include tissues, hand sanitizer (pumps or wall units), gloves, garbage cans for disposal. It is strongly suggested parents send their children with their own tissues.
- A First Aid Kit will be available
B. At this stage, we will only accommodate up to 25 people in the room. This includes adults, leaders, workers, and children.
- To maximize safe-distancing and efficient square footage usage, KidZone workers will direct children to their seats/places as they arrive.
- Siblings may sit together. Children from separate housholds will be seated at least 6 feet apart from each other.
IV. KidZone SERVICE
A. Children will stay in their “space” unless they need to use the restroom.
B. There will be no contact games
C. All workers are required to wear masks, except for the main teacher of each programming segment providing they maintain a hard-fast 12’ distance from all other workers and children. Areas of 12’ distance will be clearly marked for workers.
D. If puppets are used…
- Typically, there will only be one puppeteer per week.
- Puppeteers will wash or sanitize hands before and after puppet use, wear a long glove, and wear a mask during puppeteering
- After use, puppets will be sanitized using Lysol Spray and given the week to sit.
- Puppets will be assigned to specific puppeteers.
- If multiple puppets are used in a given week, puppeteers will operate at least six feet apart, masked, and separated by a barrier. It is incumbent upon the KidZone Leadership to make sure this protocol is followed.
E. No snacks or prizes will be given out. Kids can bring their own clearly labeled water bottles.
V. KidZone RESTROOM PROCEDURE
A. We will use the restroom located in the nursery for all children regardless of age or size.
B. Rest Room Usage
- A CSAT vetted, adult female will escort children to the Nursery restroom. The assistant stands by the nursery door / hallway while the child uses the restroom. In the event the child needs assistance, the “assistance” needs to be done in plain sight, just outside the door of the nursery restroom.
- Child must sanitize their hands before and after using restroom
- Rest room surfaces will be disinfected between use. The KidZone worker who is overseeing that group of rest-rooming kids will:
- Wear rubber gloves
- Wipe toilet handle and faucet handles after each child using sanitizing wipes
- Wipe down toilet seat using EcoLab Sanitizer cleaner and paper towels after each child
- Spray bathroom with Lysol Disinfectant when all children in that rest-rooming group are finished.
- If more than one child is taken to the restroom at a time, they must maintain 6 feet distance apart. They can sit on the carpeted floor of the nursery. Sitting on chairs is discouraged seeing it only creates another item to sanitize.
C. Ample soap, paper towels and cleaning supplies will be kept easily accessible near the nursery restroom. These supplies will be replaced as needed by KidZone workers during after-service clean up.
D. To simplify weekly sanitization, the nursery will be emptied of all non-essential materials.
VI. KidZone DISMISSAL
A. At the start of the final worship song of the Sunday service, a Hospitality Team member will notify KidZone service is ending.
B. Once alerted, KIDZONE ministry leaders will have about 2-3 minutes to wrap-up.
C. Parents will exit Sanctuary via courtyard side door and re-enter building through main door to pick up child at Fellowship Hall doors following a one way enter and exit pathway.
D. Child pickup must be recorded by volunteer at the computer Kiosk per CSAT guidelines
E. Children will remain “in their floor space” until a parent/guardian comes to receive them.
F. Take home papers, newsletters, etc. will be digital, via email, and/or the GT Facebook Family Connections Group.
VII. KidZone OTHER
A. KidZone leaders and workers arrive at church by 9:00 AM for setup, instructions, prayer, etc.
B. KidZone volunteers will stay until cleanup is complete. Volunteers should give advance notice for commitments which necessitate them leaving early.
C. Child-friendly signage regarding safe practices will be posted around the room (i.e. social distancing, kids with masks, no contact greeting, etc.)
D. The sanitation procedures used by the general church in Phase II will be used by KidZone (i.e. sanitizing all the chairs, microphones, puppets, all that has been used, including the nursery and nursery restroom).
E. Cleaning supplies will be stationed nearby to facilitate efficient sanitation.
- Rubber gloves, sanitizing wipes, EcoLab bathroom sanitizer, paper towels, and Lysol will be in the nursery
- Rubber gloves, sanitizing wipes, and sanitizing spray will be located at the kitchen/fellowship hall pass-through window
* This plan was reviewed and approved by the Church Council 11/10/20.
* This is not a complete list of policies and procedures but the ones which primarily affect those who choose to attend Children’s Ministry services at Glad Tidings Church during Phase II. These guidelines will be adhered to until the Church Council deems it safe and prudent to move to Phase III and/or expand GT ministry opportunities.
* It is also understood that these protocols may be amended due to 1) the practical application of them, and 2) the Covid landscape improving or degrading in our region or state.
Phase Two: Indoor Big People Services began Sunday, September 6, 2020.
Using resources from the CDC, NYS, NY Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God, and other churches, the following guidelines have been adopted for the common good of all who choose to attend services at Glad Tidings Church as our Covid-19 re-entry continues.
These guidelines are relatively determined but may change. Stay up-to-date with the latest information by visiting this page or joining our Facebook group called The Loop.
We want you to feel comfortable and confident we are taking proper precautions. So, we have been crossing our "t's" and dotting our "i's" to make sure we continue to have a safe, healthy re-entry. Although what follows is not a complete list, we want to give you a snapshot of the protocols* we have instituted. By doing so, we hope you will feel confident we are making prudent decisions for the common good of all who attend our services.
Phase II Guidelines
NOTE NEW SERVICE TIMES: 9 AM and 10:30 AM
1. As of Sunday, November 29, 2020, we began offering two service times at GT! (Not only has Covid brought new challenges, it has also brought new opportunities and routines. Offering two Sunday services is one of these new opportunities.)
2. Vulnerable individuals with health risks, or are opposed to, or for conscience sake, are not comfortable attending indoor public gatherings should choose not to attend in person, but can watch the service live on our Facebook group called The LOOP. Click here and you will be brought to THE LOOP. You may also view the church service later in the week when it is posted on our YouTube Channel. Click here and you will be brought to our YouTube Channel.
3. To mitigate the unnecessary spread of Covid-19, our goal is to have a touch-less service as best we can. As such, there will be no physical handouts as bulletins, song sheets, passing of offering plates, etc. However, an electronic bulletin** will be available so attendees can follow the service using their smart devices. This electronic bulletin will have important announcements, words to songs and other items of interest to assist you in following the service.
4. Masks and 6’ social distancing from those not of your household are required at all times in the building (volunteers and attendees, children and adult alike). Masks need to be properly worn, fully covering both nose and mouth. Attendees and volunteers need to bring their own masks. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to physical, emotional or medical reasons will be exempt.
5. To ensure 6’ distancing while people wait, 6-foot increments will be marked throughout the building leading to the sanctuary.
6. Volunteers are to arrive before before 8:30 AM for our first service, and by 10 AM for our second service to be screened for Covid symptoms so they are ready to carry out their responsibilities at their appointed scheduled time.
7. Attendees are encouraged to arrive between 15 - 20 minutes prior to the start of the service they choose to attend (9 or 10:30) to go through the Covid-symptom screening process. Out of consideration for others, if you are not feeling well, please stay home.
8. People who have: (1) had COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days, (2) tested positive for COVID-19 in past 14 days, (3) had close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in past 14 days; and/or (4) are having suspicious symptoms should not attend, (5) reside in the same household with someone who is currently quarantining at home.
9. As we are able, overflow seating will be available in the vestibule and the Community room.
10. Individuals will be screened for appropriate body temperature at the main entry, just inside the double doors. We will use a non-touch thermometer. Those having a temperature of 99.4 degrees and over will not be admitted. (If there is a chance of rain (or snow), people should bring an umbrella, as they may be outside waiting in line to be screened.)
11. Hospitality workers will screen attendees, using questionnaires, temperature checks and signage to vet people for entrance. People who have: (1) had COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days, (2) tested positive for COVID-19 in past 14 days, (3) had close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in past 14 days (4) are having suspicious symptoms and/or (5) reside in the same household with someone who is currently quarantining at home, will not be given entrance. Instead, these folks will be encouraged to watch the service live on our Facebook group called The LOOP. Click here and you will be brought to THE LOOP. They may also view the church service later in the week when it is posted on our YouTube Channel. Click here and you will be brought to our YouTube Channel.
12. Our Main Greeter will stationed be at the door granting people access to the building as space is available to answer questions and provide guidance.
13. At the discretion of leadership, to maximize safe-distancing and efficient square footage usage, ushers will direct people to their seats as they arrive. Please be kind and respectful of the ushers as they make these decisions and faithfully discharge their assigned duties. They have the Pastor’s full backing to make these decisions. It is expected that all attendees cooperate with them.
14. Only families may sit together. To maximize seating, this may mean in separate rows if deemed best by the Lead Usher in charge that day.
15. Children are to sit with their family, no playing with other children. Families with young children are encouraged to bring coloring books, quiet lap activities, or other silent toys for their children. No food or drink will be allowed in the sanctuary, only clear water.
16. Restrooms will be accessible during services. Drinking fountain will be unavailable and covered.
17. Coat rack will be retired for now. People will take their coats with them to their seats.
18. Prayer Ministry will be available during pre-service, during worship, and post service, but not during the ministry of the Word.
19. Attendees will enter building through the parking lot entrance double door. They will exit the via the sanctuary front, side door which leads to the courtyard.
20. At the end of the service, people will be dismissed row by row, front-to-back by the ushers. There will be no congregating in the building. If people need to use the restroom after service, they may re-enter the building via the main doors. Note: restroom access will only be available for a short time after the end of service.
21. Informational reminder signs regarding our policies will be posted throughout the property.
22. A touch-free donation station is mounted on the wall in the rear foyer of the sanctuary (center aisle) to receive tithes and offerings. There is another at the sanctuary exit door leading to the outer courtyard. (We will not pass collection plates.) In addition, people are encouraged to give online. If you would like to give online, follow this link.
23. As of Januray 31, 2021 we have begun translating services into Spanish again. People are to bring their own ear buds/headphones with 1/8-inch jack. Attendees using translation devices (transmitters) should leave in the basket by the exit door when they leave. These devices will be sanitized after each use.
24. Those serving on the worship team are to wear masks and maintain 6’ distancing from those not of their household. If vocalists can maintain 12’ distancing from others on the platform and the congregation, they do not have to wear masks during worship segments of the service. All others in attendance do.
25. Those speaking from the pulpit are to wear a mask and maintain 6’ distancing from those not of their household while preaching. However, if the person speaking can maintain 12’ distancing from others on the platform and the congregation, he/she does not have to wear a mask while speaking. All others in attendance do.
26. During Phase II, physical contact is not encouraged (i.e. shaking hands, hugging, etc.). It is important to realize the virus still exists in the community and is spread primarily through close contact. Therefore, we feel it is best to refrain from physical contact during this time.
27. For the best show of love for one another…
- Do not assume others are comfortable with what you are comfortable (i.e. shaking hands, hugging, close-proximity, doffing masks, etc.). All in attendance must respect other attendees’ boundaries (physical and conscience).
- If you are uncomfortable with something, in love, speak up. We cannot assume others “know” what makes us uncomfortable unless we tell them.
- If someone does “speak up”, we need to respect their personal comfort level with the utmost love and grace, not thinking less of anyone.
*This is not a complete list of policies and procedures but are the ones which primarily affect those who, currently, choose to attend services at Glad Tidings Church. These guidelines will be adhered to until the Lead Pastor and the Church Council deem it safe and prudent to move to Phase III and expand GT ministry opportunities.
Additional guidelines and procedures related to disinfecting, cleaning logs, tracking, and what to do in the event someone tests positive will be followed if the need arises.
** Our electronic bulletin can be accessed via our church website every Sunday starting at 8 AM. Go to www.gtfamily.org and click on the yellow banner at the top of the page.
Additional Phase II Guidelines:
- Small Groups of 15 or less may meet in the church building, with prior approval, providing they faithfully adhere to the protocols established for such meetings.