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Health and Safety Protocols for Bible Adventures, Youth & Children

Health and Safety Protocols for Bible Adventures, Youth & Children

by Angela Becek on October 13, 2020

So, you’re thinking about coming to one of the Bible Adventures but are hesitant, mainly because it’s indoors. This is not a protocol manual but intended to address your concerns.

Or perhaps you’re wondering why we aren’t doing other activities that you miss or have seen other churches doing, the information below may help to address that as well.

As a United Methodist Church, we have a bishop and an annual conference that have worked to produce lots of documents for us to follow in regard to moving forward with worship and any other activities as long as Virginia remains in Phase 3.

The primary document is the Technical Assistance Manual (TAM), which we have to use to guide all planning and seeking approval from LUMC’s Healthy Church Team and the Winchester District Superintendent.

Bible Adventures Summary:

  • Only one family is admitted at a time. A family or household or pod is how you define it, but one group at a time.
  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • All persons must preregister and affirm the health acknowledgement form.
  • There are three no touch hand sanitizer stations (beginning, middle and end)
  • Your host (Angela) is the only other person in the building.
  • There is always a minimum of two hours scheduled between groups, and as groups move from tent to tent, there maintains close to that two hours between groups in any one space.
    • When there are back-to-back groups, the doors are propped open to create fresh airflow (weather permitting)
    • It is a one-way journey; entering from Market Street and exiting onto Liberty Street
  • We have designed to avoid touching surfaces as much as possible; any touched surfaces are:
    • cleaned between use
    • rotated in and out of circulation, when possible

Youth & Children’s Activities Summary:

  • The basics before even creating an activity:
    • Distancing must be able to be maintained and then actually be maintained
    • Avoid shared use of tools and equipment
    • Masks must be worn at all times
    • No food can be provided or consumed while gathered (eating requires mask removal)
    • All persons must pre-register and affirm the health acknowledgment form

Why do we have to pre-register all the time?

  • We have to maintain records. If someone comes back and tests positive after an event, you deserve to know that you were exposed, even if we follow all the protocols, you have the right to know; and we have a responsibility to tell you (not by name)

Can’t you just take attendance?

  • That is easier said than done when we are actively running an activity. It is a tremendous help to leaders if you to fill out the form. Every time. Even if it’s weekly. Please.

We can tailor experiences to better your needs.

  • If we have a scavenger hunt planned, and I know in advance, that it’s going to be heavy on middle school boys, I’m going to design it differently than if I’m expecting high school girls.
  • If we’re planning worship and know to expect that the group will consist mostly of families with children, we will do things a lot differently than if we’re expecting mostly empty nesters.
  • Most activities don’t scale well. An activity designed for 8 will not work well with 25 and something created for 50 will fall flat for 15.
  • Better resources. Activities that require stuff are fun. Stuff has to be purchased.

By signing up in advance, you allow us to plan for you and you demonstrate respect for our time and the church’s resources.

 

Tags: youth, children, health, safety, covid

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