Reopening FAQ

Are masks required?

All volunteers, staff and students will be required to wear a mask while in the building, at all times. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask we would love for you to engage with us online.

How will you enforce social distancing?

While we know that social distancing can be challenging for students, we will model behaviors and set up programming to encourage social distancing. Chairs will be set up 6 feet apart. Students and leaders will maintain social distancing by remaining in their seats once inside the NextGen auditorium and will be instructed to refrain from touching or hugging other students or leaders. Air high-fives and elbow bumps will become the norm for us in GTSM.

Will you do temperature screenings?

We will perform temperature checks on all staff, volunteers, kids, and students who are checking into GTSM using touchless thermometers. If someone has a temperature at or above 100.4 we will retest them after they rest for a few minutes. If anyone has a fever even after a recheck is done, for everyone’s safety, they will be unable to attend that week’s GTSM service in person, even if they are not exhibiting other symptoms.

What should I do prior to coming?

Please review the At-Home Daily Screening document prior to coming to any service or gathering at GT Church. Students will be individually asked each question as they have their temperature checked. The form can be found online here.

How will drop-off at West Lawn work?

Students may only enter and exit through the NextGen Student Entrance. Only students in grades 6-12 and GTSM leaders who are serving may enter through the NextGen Entrance. Anyone attending the main worship service must enter and exit through the Worship Center atrium entrance. Students will be temperature checked upon entering and asked a series of screening questions; then get signed in and receive a name tag from one of our leaders. Every student must sign in and wear his/her name tag at all times. Students will then head into the NextGen and head straight to a seat where they must remain for the service. Once service is over, students will be dismissed from back to front and will exit the building. We are encouraging families to develop an after-service meetup plan for outside of the building - whether outside of the NextGen Center or at their cars.

How will drop-off at Kutztown work?

Students will check into service and attend worship with their families. After worship, students will be dismissed to head into the building’s Youth Room. Prior to entering the building, students will be temperature checked and asked a series of screening questions; then get signed in and receive a name tag from one of our leaders. Every student must sign in and wear his/her name tag at all times. Students will then head into the Youth Room and straight to a seat where they must remain for the service. Once service is over, students will be dismissed from back to front and will exit the building. We are encouraging families to develop an after-service meet up plan outside of the building.

What time will check-in open?

Check-in will open 15 minutes prior to the start of each service.

Will food be available?

At this time, we will not have any food or drink in the gathering and we are asking that no food or drink is brought from home as well. Water fountains will be shut down.

Further Questions?

Please feel free to email us at gtsm@gtaog.org
At GT Student Ministries, we are committed to reaching and helping students grow in their faith whether that be online or in person.