New Life News - Week of August 28, 2022
This is the first of regular communiques coming your way to keep you up-to-date on the goings on in our church family. We will be stealing, with permission, the monicker New Life News as that is the heart of what we will be seeking to accomplish, though without the high-quality design by Diane Henderson, Court Patton, and others!
This week’s Focus: policy and campus changes related to Children’s Ministry.
Sunday School Starts September 11-
Allison Dossett and Pastor Connor Underseth have been diligently working on all of the updated paperwork required by the State of California as a Youth Service Organization, for the purposes of Child Safety. This has taken longer that anticipated, with more steps than initially thought. Consequently, we are in a holding pattern until we can provide finger printing and background checks for all of our adult volunteers for Sunday school and Midweek ministry. We are working to get all of those boxes checked to be in full compliance.
Thank you to so many who have volunteered and helped to recruit others. We still need a teacher and teaching assistant for the 5th & 6th Grade class.
Intermission: A Midweek Ministry Night
Once Sunday school has begun, and we are in full compliance with the new California child safety laws, we will begin our midweek ministry night with a special emphasis on kids and youth. This is part of our “Outward to 60” Vision. Intermission will be an opportunity for many to invest in our next generations. A simple meal will be served each week at 6p, with classes & events from 7-8p. We plan on offering the following opportunities:
For adults, we will also offer:
Nursery Updates & Policy Changes
As the church staff has examined California’s updated Safe Child Policy, interacted with our Church Mutual Insurance agent, child education professionals, and sister congregations in our Presbytery, we have found it necessary to make some policy changes for our child care ministry. This, combined with best use of space for the day in/day out life of ministry at New Life, led to the change of rooms for our nursery. If, by God’s grace, we have a baby boom, we are prepared to take the Kindergarten room for nursery space also, returning to our historic practice of having multiple rooms for nursery. May we have that trouble! In the meantime, the “Sonbeams” room is more than sufficient and offers a good, accessible, convenient place for our little ones to receive supervision by volunteers and access by parents. Our Insurance agent has been a real help in targeting this space for this particular use.
Here are the policies that are changing for our Nursery:
Any questions or concerns about these policy changes can be addressed to Pastor Joel Wood. He is more than happy to take time to explain any further why these changes are necessary.
There are many things to be praying for. Some of these matters are stretching. However, these opportunities are upon us due to God’s hand of blessing. The Lord has sustained us over these years and is now situating us for effective ministry in the years to come. I’m thankful that we really are a gospel community joyfully loving God & others. He is good! And we look forward to serving Him more, together, with you.