This is going to be a “soft open,” with only four classrooms available that will be big enough to allow us to remain reasonably distanced. That means we can accommodate 40 K-5th grade children at the 9:30 hour and a different 40 K-5th grade children at the 11:00 hour.
For our first-floor nursery, each hour, we can accommodate one class of babies, one class of toddlers and 2s, and one class of 3s and 4s.
Over the course of the morning that’s 140 children.
Here’s how it will work.
- When parents register for worship, they will register their child/children for Sunday school.
- When we’re full, we’re full. Even if there are more spots in worship, we can only accommodate so many children safely. We can be flexible about a lot of things, but child safety is not one of them.
- For K-5th grade children – they will go with their parents to worship in the sanctuary. They will have nametags waiting for them in the narthex when they come to check in.
- Right after the Children’s Message, Mister Mark, the children’s staff, and adult volunteers will escort the children who are registered to the second floor of the children’s wing.
- All classes will be multi-age so that siblings/family groups remain together.
- When worship is over, parents will stay in their pews in the sanctuary. The Children’s staff and volunteers will bring all the children back down to the sanctuary where they should be able to easily find their parents.
“It’s not going to be perfect,” Mark adds, “but it’s going to be the best we can do given…well, everything.”
We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we slowly begin to explore the reopening process to include limited nursery and childcare as advised by our public health officials.