Returning to Children’s Church

Dear Parents,

I hope you have all enjoyed the summer months, all be it a very different summer this year. No doubt, there has been great excitement this past week as your children have headed back to school, seeing many friends for the first time in a very long time but amongst it, no doubt nerves as they adjust to school life in a somewhat different way to what they left back in March.
We are delighted that we can now meet back in our church building together, and in order to try and return things to as normal as possible for our children, we are hoping to have Children’s Church available. Again, with current circumstances as they are, this too will look different to what they left back in March.

This email is to inform you of our plans for starting back to Children’s Church and will allow you the opportunity as parents to think this through. If this is something your family would like to avail of, then I would ask that you email the children’s church email – childrenschurch@mazepc.org – to express your interest in your children attending.

Here are a few guidelines as to what Children’s Church will look like under current guidelines –

  1. Children’s Church will be held in the Lounge (the room beside the kitchen). There will be a limited number of families able to attend each week. Booking a place at children’s church can be done by emailing childrenschurch@mazepc.org and Rachel will then let you know what weeks your family can attend. Please indicate how many children from your home will be attending. Children’s Church is available for Pre-school to P4.
  2. Children and leaders will leave church after the children’s praise song and move to the Lounge where they will be seated 2m apart, family groups will sit together.
  3. Two leaders will be in attendance and the children will watch a video. Crafts will be avoided as children tend to cross use equipment and some may need closer contact with adults to complete craft activities.
  4. Parents/Careers should pick up their children immediately after the service from the kitchen. Those collecting children should remain socially distant, entering the kitchen via the corridor down the side of the hall, collecting their child in the kitchen, before exiting through the external door, thus maintaining a one-way system.

Our hope is that putting these measures in place will keep things as safe as possible and allow our children to enjoy being together and learning more about our great God. Continue to pray that God will work in their lives through this and that they will feel comfortable and adjust quickly to this new way of doing things.

For families who are not able to attend Children’s Church on a particular week due to number restrictions, worksheets will be available for them to do as normal. These can be printed off in advance from our website and brought to Church, but there will be a small number of these available in the Welcome Area for those who don’t have access to a printer or forget to bring them.
If you have any questions in regard to Children’s Church, please don’t hesitate to email or speak to me, we would only be to glad to help you.

In Christ,
Rachel Haffey
(rachel.haffey@mazepc.org)