Weekly Teaching Videos
Dear Parents / Guardians of Greenville Alliance Youth,
This letter is for parents of Middle and High School students. For those of you whom I have not yet met, I’m Dean Gregory and am the Youth Director at the Greenville Alliance Church. I want to get some preliminary information in your hands to alleviate questions, fears and doubts about the direction of the student ministries. Rest assured knowing that God’s wisdom and guidance is and will always be sought through prayer and wise council to determine what events, programs, and teachings will be available to your student(s).
The overall goal for the student ministries at Greenville Alliance Church is to build foundations for lifelong discipleship by teaching, modeling, and experiencing what it is to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. The student ministry will focus on achieving this goal in many different ways, such as, going on mission trips, bible studies, focused prayer, journaling, interpreting scripture and sharing faith with others. This goal is impossible to achieve without your help and the help of many volunteers. I am grateful for the continued support of the current volunteers, your prayers, and the prayers of the church as a whole.
Student Ministry Covid Update
The following procedure will be followed for all students attending and volunteer staff during Sunday School and all other student activities.
- Face coverings will be required for all students, parents and volunteer staff to be in place before entering the Student Ministry Area (ALC Building) and continued to be worn until leaving the Student Ministry Area. Our classroom sizes do not allow for proper social distancing guidelines so face coverings are required unless a medical reason prevents one from wearing a face covering.
- Students will stop upon entrance into the building to sanitize hands before continuing on to the check-in line.
- Students are to keep a minimum of six feet apart while waiting to be checked in. There will be markers on the floor to help with distance control.
- During the check in process:
- The student will be asked if they have any signs of sickness, (Fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath). If a student is found to have any signs of sickness they will be asked not to attend until signs are gone for a minimum of 24 hours.
- All students and volunteer staff will have temperature taken and recorded as a way to ensure the health and safety of all involved in the Student Ministry. If temperature is found to be higher than 100.3o, the individual will be asked to return home.
- Students will then proceed directly to their respective classrooms.
- Upon entering the classroom, all students and volunteer staff will sanitize hands using the dispenser located inside each classroom.
- While in the classroom, all students and volunteer staff will wear a face covering. They will also maintain a distance of six feet from each other if at all possible. Hand holding, hugging, fist bumps, high fives or any other physical contact between students or adults and students is to be restricted to siblings or parents with their own children.
- Students will not share common items to participate in the class. (Such as pens, pencils, clipboards, Bibles, balls, game controllers, game pieces)
- If any of those items or any other supplies that are reusable are touched by anyone or in any way during a class they must be left in a “Needs Cleaned” container. Those items left in the “Needs Cleaned” container will be disinfected and returned to the “Ready To Use” container.
- If a student shows any sign of sickness during Sunday School, they will be removed from their classroom and their parent or guardian will be asked to take the student home.
- Students should immediately leave the ALC building upon dismissal from class. They may not play catch, tag, foosball, or linger in the building.
Permission Slips / Event Info
Covid-19 Has Temporarily Cancelled All Events
Wow! What a crazy beginning of 2020. COVID-19 sure has changed our routines and challenged us in ways we never thought we would have been challenged. Many programs have had to be canceled, including all student ministries and programs for the time being. While we are not meeting in person, we will use this time to seek out God’s will for our church and to plan our best steps once we can be assured that meeting in person can be done responsibly, safely, and adhering to local authority.
With all this being said, we all know that consistency is key in ministry. Nothing can replace meeting together in person. We have tried to connect in different ways to see what will be most effective until we are able to meet in person with mixed results. However, we will continue to seek God’s direction and have recently partnered with Orange and will be using their XP3 curriculum for the summer. By doing so, you will have access to weekly resources that will provide an online option for you and your teen to stay consistent, even if COVID-19 is preventing our normal ministry from meeting in our church building. We believe this is not a long term solution but also believe online platforms can be effective in the short-term to serve you and your families at home to continue your teen’s spiritual development by communicating God’s truth in engaging ways.
One of the biggest changes to our group is we will be splitting middle school (6th-8th) and high school (9th-12th) into two separate groups. Each group will learn about the same topic but will have their own teaching. We will release new pre-recorded teachings by myself or a guest every Sunday morning. The other big change is that each group will have access to daily devotionals on The Bible App that go along with the teaching for the week. Just search for the series name under Plans in the app and follow along.
The Ministry Team feels this will be a great opportunity for you, as parents, to become the primary spiritual leader in your teen’s life. We would love for you to watch the weekly teaching and follow along with the devotionals to stay aware of what your teen is being taught. As a bonus, it will also give you opportunities to talk with your teen about what God is doing in their lives.
Given our current circumstances, we hope you are as excited about our direction for this summer as we are. We long to see your child grow spiritually, and begin their life long journey of placing their trust in Jesus. Know you are loved, cared for, prayed for and most importantly…Jesus loves you and longs to have a close relationship with you.