Midweek Update (3.3.21): Children’s Ministry Update & Vaccination Opportunity for Those Eligible
In case you missed the announcement on Sunday, here’s the update we shared regarding children’s ministry:
Our children’s ministry, ages 4-5th grade, is going to resume in person on the second and fourth Sundays of the month beginning Sunday March 14th. We know that this is a meaningful time for our children to connect and grow, and we are so excited to be able to resume in person children’s church in person.
I want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for everyone, including our children and their teachers. So, all children, like adults, will be expected to wear masks and social distance while attending. We are going to be dismissing our children from the service to go to children’s church after the music portion of our worship service (before the message) as we’ve done in the past. Up until that point, children will be with the parents or grandparents.
Currently we only have enough leaders to offer children’s church on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. But we hope to be able to increase that availability moving forward. Speaking of which, if you would like to help volunteer with our children’s ministry, why not pray about serving with our children’s ministry. We’re only asking for a once a month commitment, and maybe you just commit to that for the next 4 months.
Also, we are going to be reopening our nursery that same Sunday, March 14th. But here’s an important note: it will only be opened in a self-staffed capacity at this point. We simply don’t have the volunteers right now to staff our nursery. Nor is it really safe for volunteers to be interacting with kids because it is not reasonable to expect infants and babies to wear a mask or understand what social distancing is.
But the nursery will be open, as well as the foyer. And the service will be live-streamed in these spaces if you feel like your little one(s) needs a break from being in the service.
Blessings on your week,
We have been contacted by Covenant Community Care’s office here in Westland (at the corner of Warren & Venoy), that they will be receiving vaccines this week for distribution. If you meet the current eligibility requirements, and are wanting to get the vaccine but have been unable to yet, you can reach out to them to get on their list by calling their office @ 734-298-0203.
We are community partners with Covenant Community Care. They are a well trusted, Christian-based, health care organization in the Detroit metro area. You are welcome to share this information with family, friends, or neighbors who are eligible as well.
Here are the current eligibility requirements (you can meet any of these requirements to be eligible):
GUIDELINES FOR COVID VACCINE:
PHASE 1A: Paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents in long-term care facilities.
PHASE 1B Group A and B only:
Group A: Persons 75 years of age or older not covered in Phase 1A. This includes those in a congregate setting that were not reached in Phase 1A.
Group B: Prioritized frontline workers whose work role has frequent or intense exposure, and, due to the nature of the work, are not able to maintain social distance. For example, a first responder may have to physically touch other people in their response, and a child care provider cannot maintain social distance from children when caring for their physical needs. The specific prioritized categories are:
- Pre-Kindergarten through high school teachers, support staff and child care workers who usually have direct contact with children
- Corrections workers (e.g., staff in prisons, jails, juvenile justice facilities)
- First responders not covered in Phase 1A (e.g., firefighters, police, conservation officers, inspectors)
- Workers in homeless shelters, congregate child care institutions, and adult and child protective services
- Beginning March 1, 2021: Frontline essential workers in the food processing and agricultural industries
PHASE 1C Group A ONLY: Individuals age 65 to 74 years. This includes those in congregate settings that were not reached in prior Phases.
Catch Up on Last Week’s Message
On Sunday we began a new message series titled “The I AM and Me”. If you missed the message last Sunday, or want to go back and rewatch it again, you can watch it on our website by clicking HERE.