COVID19 and Ministry with Youth & Young Adults

Ministry with Young People and Covid19
There’s a lot to think about right now as we face sudden changes with the ways we be the gathered local church and that includes for the young people in our churches. As your church creates new ways of being church for the whole church, we are here to support you. The Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT website has a landing page www.nswactbaptists.org.au/covid19 with resources for churches in response to Covid19. It will be regularly updated. Let’s share our ideas and encourage one another as we build new rhythms that will be mission shaped, faith forming and disciple producing as we follow Jesus.

Now that you have cancelled physical activities:
Use the contact details for everyone who is connected to this ministry to communicate with them
Look for safe ways to nurture connection amongst peers, amongst generations and households
Consider meeting online at the same time as peer groups or households
See the Tips for safe online ministry with children and young people
Look for non digital ways to engage with young people and their families
Can your church work as a team and create Sunday “whole” church material that is for the household no matter who is present. This can help people continue to form faith together rather than segregating into age groups in our homes.

Some helpful online resources and tech tips :
The Bible Project – https://bibleproject.com/
Pastor SKAR Ministries – https://www.facebook.com/PastorSKAR/
YouVersion – https://www.youversion.com/
Zoom training video playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKpRxBfeD1kEM_I1lId3N_Xl77fKDzSXe
Zoom Youth Group Games https://healthoverhurry.wordpress.com/2020/03/23/zoom-youth-group-games/
Think Orange https://orangestudents.com/ways-to-digitally-connect-with-students-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR11aMizoB8AjEn0KSwx4slqCF66dBwpkTe6Mp5qRU3cnvK9nYv9Y2oT85Y
Australian Government eSafety https://www.esafety.gov.au
Reframe Course https://www.reframecourse.com/

Supporting Parents and Carers
Taking the lead in nurturing their child’s faith maybe new to some families – consider what support they are going to need.
Remember parents are also managing schooling and work. Which may take the form of working from home or continuing to work in essential services or facing significant stress due to job losses.
Think about ways of adapting language for when you’re communicating with parents who are not engaged in church activities

Talking to young people about Coronavirus for families*:
Keep calm and communicate
Answer the question they are asking and then ask if they want to know anything else
Be factual
Reassure them – remind young people they are safe and you know what to do if someone in their family gets sick
Keep routines as much as possible
Talk about how God is with us in times of trouble and we can talk to him about this
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1
*Adapted from Focus on the Family resource.

 (Provided as a part of the Safe Church Health Check) Document last updated on 26/03/20

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