Tuesday evening, Sept. 1, our Shepherds and Ministry Staff met for a monthly “business” meeting. Out of that night’s time together, our Shepherds accepted a plan from the Safety and Security Team to move forward with a full return to Sunday morning Bible classes Sept. 6. Extra steps and precautions are in place to insure the health of each teacher and participant in all classes. Also, two rooms will be ready in the Outreach Building to livestream the Worship assembly should the participation in the Worship Center exceed the space allowed with physical distancing measures in place.
While we are all excited about getting back to a normal routine in our gatherings on Sunday mornings, it is important to remember the guidelines for large, indoor gatherings by the Arkansas Department of Health. If any of the following apply, you are encouraged to continue worshiping with us via livestream in your home:
- If you have had a fever of 100.4 or higher in the past two days.
- If you have a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell or other symptoms typical of Covid-19.
- If you are age 65 or older or have underlying health conditions including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, severe obesity, asthma, or immunocompromising conditions.
We are excited to announce that Children’s Bible classes are going well and meet at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.
How to HELP us keep the spread from impacting our Northside kiddos
Please keep sick children at home.
Do not bring your child to Bible class if they meet any of the following criteria:
- A temperature of 100.4 or above
- Have had a fever of 100.4 or above in the last 48 hours
- Signs or symptoms of Covid-19 – fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell)
- In the previous 14 days has had contact with someone who has a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19
Each classroom will have hand sanitizers at the door. We ask that your child sanitize their hands before entering the classroom.
Will physical distancing guidelines be observed?
Physical distancing will be observed as much as possible. At times, children and teachers may be closer than the recommended six feet apart.
Will classrooms be arranged differently to protect children?
Yes, classrooms will be arranged to provide as much space as possible between children without limiting their ability to interact and communicate with others in the classroom. Any sharing of supplies or work surfaces will be minimized as much as possible. Each child will have their own supply box in the classroom to limit shared supplies. The supplies and boxes will be provided by the Northside children’s ministry. Children will use hand sanitizer before sharing supplies.
What about Children’s Worship?
Children’s Worship is for 3, 4, 5 year olds, and kindergarten. Our current plan is to resume children’s worship as soon as we have enough volunteers that have returned to Worship at Northside. The latest we will start back is September 2021. This will be dependent on volunteers to help lead and teach in Children’s Worship. You are encouraged to sign-up and help provide this service not only to the children but as a blessing to their parents. Kim has purchased new curriculum and she would appreciate you looking it over, trying it out, and offering her your feedback. Contact Kim Rippee if you are interested in helping out. Currently, parents are encouraged to bring a quiet activity bag to keep their child entertained during worship.
What about the Infant and Toddler Nursery?
Our nurseries are staffed with volunteers. There is a basket in the classroom to place toys that have been played with which will be sanitized after each service. Disinfecting wipes are provided in each nursery. Toys and surfaces are disinfected on a weekly basis. Please change the changing pad on the diaper table after changing your child.
If you can help, please click this link and pick a date to serve in either nursery: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48a4ad29a5fcc52-worship