We're living in this strange in-between time where masks aren't required, but are "strongly encouraged" (especially if we're in a larger group indoors) by the schools and Ottawa Public Health so...masks aren't required at CATALYST but they are strongly encouraged.
I'm sure that clears everything up right? :)
CATALYST is a judgment free zone. You are welcome to join us mask or not. Just FYI, all of the youth leaders will continue to be masked at this time.
If you have any questions, you can chat with me at firstname.lastname@example.org although I can't promise any answers. We're just trying to figure out the best thing to do with the info we have. :)
CATALYST youth (for teens grades 6-12) is currently meeting IN-PERSON at Arlington Woods Church (225 McClellan Road) from 7-9pm on Friday nights. We are once again able to use our Youth Centre (Creekside Room) and the Evergreen Hall (gym) each week!
Teens and parents, you can now use the dedicated CATALYST entrance at the other side of our church building to arrive and leave! While youth officially begins at 7pm we have a drop-in available from 6:30-7pm for teens who want to come earlier to hang out, chat, and play board games or use the games tables while we do our worship band practice. If your teen is interested in being a part of our CATALYST band, contact Pastor Ben at email@example.com. CATALYST now ends at 9pm, so parents please be here promptly at 9pm to pick up your teens. See below for a Q&A about CATALYST in-person:
What COVID protocols are you following?
By attending in-person and signing-in when they arrive, each teen is attesting that they are not feeling sick or have COVID symptoms. If teens are sick or displaying any COVID symptoms, please keep them at home in keeping with Ottawa Public Health regulations. Wearing a mask is no longer required, but has been "strongly encouraged" by the Ottawa School Boards and Ottawa Public Health, so you are not required to wear a mask at CATALYST, but you are strongly encouraged to do so. Sanitizer will continue to be made available for teens to use before handling shared items (like playing a board game or playing an up-front game). We won't be serving food/drinks at this time.
Where is CATALYST taking place?
CATALYST is once again taking place in our Youth Centre (the Creekside Room at the church) on Fridays! While your teen can still use the main parking lot entrance, they can now use the Creekside Room entrance at the other side of the building. Parents, when picking up your teens, it's best to pick them up at the Creekside Room entrance. When teens arrive, they should sign in by checking their name under the correct date on our attendance sheet. We are asking that only teens or leaders come inside, so parents can drop their teens off at the door and we can send them out to you for pickup at 9pm.
What will an average youth night look like?
From 6:30-7pm the Creekside Room is open for teens to drop-in, hangout and chat with their friends over board games and our games tables (we have foosball, ping-pong, air hockey and a pool table). During this time, we'll have our CATALYST band practice as well. We're going to start CATALYST right at 7pm (so don't be late!) with a fun group game! After that, we'll be singing some worship songs together (with masks on!) and then Pastor Ben will give a Bible-based talk. After that, we'll split into smaller groups for a chance for some discussion and to share highs/lows from the week and prayer requests. From 8:30pm-8:55pm we'll have free time for teens to use the games tables, board games, or to do some more active sports/games in our gym area (the Evergreen Hall). At 8:55pm we'll ask your teens to help us clean up the youth centre and put things away. At 9pm, we'll send the teens outside at the CATALYST entrance for pickup, so there's no need for parents to enter the building.
If you have any questions about CATALYST in-person at Arlington Woods, contact Pastor Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some CATALYST youth pro tips:
1) Always check your email inbox before you leave home for CATALYST just in case we have a last minute cancellation. With COVID, you never know what will come up from week to week!
2) Bring a pair of slippers or running shoes to change into (if you can) so that the floor in the youth centre doesn't get soaked during the winter months!
3) Use the Creekside Room youth entrance (at the other side of the building) if possible. Sometimes the main entrance is locked if there's no other group using the upstairs part of our building.
4) Bring a buck or two to put in our youth offering! At the end of the year, we'll vote on a mission project to give towards!
If your teen is planning on joining us regularly, please register them! Click HERE to register! (You can also register your kids for KIDZONE (our Sunday morning kids program) on the same form.
Parents, we want to assure you that only authorized leaders who have been trained/screened through Plan to Protect (our church's abuse prevention and protection policy) and have a police check will be working with your teens.
Now is a great time to establish a bit of a routine where you spend time growing in your faith. The best way to do this is to spend a few minutes a day in prayer (simply expressing thanks to God and talking to him about your life), spend a few minutes a day reading from the Bible (using a devotional (devo) is an easy way to do this), and listening to some worship music.
This is how you use a daily devo:
1. Read the Bible passage that's highlighted for that day (some apps/sites will send you to a Bible webpage to read it if you click on the passage).
2. Read the devotional. Usually this is a story or some thoughts based on that Bible verse.
3. Answer or think about the questions at the end.
4. Pray about what you read. How does it apply to your life? How does it challenge you or encourage you? Take a minute to talk to God about it.
Some great online devos to check out:
UNLOCKED DEVO APP OR MAGAZINE
This is such a great way to spend some time with God every day! It features daily Bible verses and great stories that help you understand what the Bible is saying! I highly recommend it! You can download the app for ANDROID, the app for iOS (Apple) or you can subscribe to get actual books sent to you-- the first year is free!
CULTIVATE DEVO APP
Have you ever wondered if the Bible is relevant for your life? Maybe you've tried to read it, but found it boring or even confusing. Maybe you want to read it consistently, but you struggle to make it a major part of your life. If this sounds like you, then the Cultivate App was created for you! It's available as a FREE app on ANDROID/Google Play or on iOS (Apple).
The story of Jesus in Manga form! We have physical copies available at CATALYST, but you can also download or share digital copies for FREE. Click here to download a free PDF of Manga Mission. Click here to download and read on your Apple Books app.
Plan to Protect:
Every one of our adult leaders and volunteers who work with children or teens has submitted a current police check and has been trained in our Plan to Protect policy.
Plan to Protect involves training to create a safe environment for children and teens and an overview of our policies and procedures on abuse prevention and protection.